Patient Testimonials and Reviews
I would do anything for Dr. Sampath because he was able to save me from a silent ailment I knew nothing about until that initial, almost fatal seizure.
Remembering back, I was having a stressful month where I wasn’t getting enough sleep. I had been working overnights 11PM – 7AM for 15-years straight as a certified nursing assistant (CNA). One day, we had just finished moving into a new residence and the electric company had turned the power on in time, but the water company was a little behind. In the morning, after my long shift, instead of going to sleep, I decided to ask my husband to drive us to the water utility department to see what could be done. We were in the car, and I turned around to say something, and the next thing I knew, I woke up at St. Mary’s Medical Center. I had a seizure and completely blacked out.
When I woke up, I saw two doctors, Dr. Raghuram Sampath, a specialist in neurosurgery, and Dr. Nils Mueller-Kronast, an interventional neurologist, and they were discussing why it was imperative I have a surgery for the arteriovenous malformation (AVM) they found inside of my brain. I had to undergo several vascular surgical procedures. I was young enough and the AVM was on the surface of my brain, so the surgery wouldn’t be as extensive. Until I had the surgery, I was on strong seizure medicine so I couldn’t go to work.
At my consultation with Dr. Sampath, he said I could either have surgery for the AVM or I could stay on anti-seizure medications. I went home my family and told them that this was what was being said. I thought to myself that if the surgery could remove this completely, then I don’t have to worry about whether anti-seizure medication is going to work or not. Furthermore, Dr. Sampath said that if the AVM was removed, then the seizures would stop, I wouldn’t have to be on seizure medication, and things would eventually get back to normal. Dr. Sampath took the time to explain this to me and my husband. Dr. Sampath was very patient with me.
Dr. Sampath told me that usually they go in and put a couple of clamps on smaller arteries, and the big vein is removed with the AVM. But, because my vein was also crucial for my brain’s blood flow outlet, they couldn’t remove it. This was very unique, and something that Dr. Sampath and his Palm Beach County Cerebrovascular Team at St. Mary’s Medical Center dealt with in a different way. They removed the AVM tangled mass, but left the veins still draining blood from my brain to my heart. Dr. Sampath said what was also complex, was the AVM was beneath the vein that they had to preserve.
He saved my life. Because of that, I love that man. He couldn’t just snip and remove stuff; my main vein had to stay. The next day, Dr. Mueller came in and everything checked out fine. I woke up in the hospital after the neurosurgery, and went home the next day.
Going into Dr. Sampath’s Palm Beach Neuroscience Institute office is a blast. Everyone is so attentive, helpful and personable. You really don’t see that going into a doctor’s office. Dr. Sampath said once I finish my seizure medication, I can go back to work. As a CNA at a nursing home, I work on the recovery floor where some people are coming from surgery at the hospital, and the other half need long-term skilled-nursing needs. Sometimes we have up to 15-20 patients a night.
I would do anything for Dr. Sampath because he was able to save me from a silent ailment I knew nothing about until that initial, almost fatal seizure. Dr. Sampath came in to see me when I was recovering at the hospital. Apparently my AVM is hereditary. My daughter remembers telling me before the seizure, your eyes are blood shot. She said that I told her I had a bad headache, and that I just wanted to go to sleep.
After the surgery with Dr. Sampath, I just had all of my labs run, and everything was good, my blood work, kidneys, heart and brain, everything is working great! My family is happy Dr. Sampath figured out this seizure ailment I suffered unexpectedly. I walked the following day after having neurosurgery. You can’t even see where Dr. Sampath had to remove part of my skull to get to my brain. I feel so much better health wise since this procedure was performed. The one thing that it made me do, is rest, and focus on creating healthier sleeping habits.
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