Pineal gland cyst surgery

Pineal gland cyst surgery was performed by one of the best neurosurgeons in the world Dr. Vinko V. Dolenc “Father of cavernous sinus surgery”. At age of 72 he is still one of the best there is. In his career he had a few thousand operations in more then 60 countries around the world. He is recognized as world wide expert on surgery of the cavernous sinus and surgery of vascular lesions.

One can not doubt his expertise. But to me was even more important the contact with the man who is going to open my skull and sneak inside my brain take out the cyst and on the way out not damage anything inside my head. In neurosurgery it’s all about millimeters and every mistake is quickly punished, there is no room for indecision and hesitation.

My first contact with the man told me a lot. After he looked at my MRI scans he said immediately “this has to come out”. He said it with such determination and calmness, that when I looked into his eyes I saw that he firmly stands by his words. I had no doubt “This was the man that I want to operate on me”.  After that meeting I search a little bit on internet about him and I saw that he is well known and world wide recognized neurosurgeon. I also remembered my neurologist dr. Miro Kusej who was visibly pleased, when he heard that dr. Vinko V. Dolenc will perform the surgery, he said “excellent neurosurgeon is going to operate you”.

4th day after the surgery while I was still in hospital I went to his office across the corridor. I knocked on the door and entered. I asked him if he could take some time to talk to me. He just smiled and said “for you I can take all the time in the world”.  We had a pleasant conversation and together we even watched the movie clip from my operation which he recorded. What a masterpiece and science fiction that was, you can not even imagine. Watching my head under magnification and him performing surgery was surrealistic experience. He was carefully moving my veins on the way to the cyst and then started to remove the cyst from the middle of my head without causing any damage to the other “stuff” in my head around the cyst.

Now when I think about my surgery, I feel lucky to live in Slovenia where we have so many excellent experts and that our health care is free. And I was even more fortunate to be operated by such master of neurosurgery.

My life could have easily turned otherwise if I would not live in Slovenia and dr. Vinko V. Dolenc would not perform my surgery.

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