Operating Against Hypervascular Tumors

Over 20 years ago, John Gray was diagnosed with his first glomus jugulare, a rare, slow-growing, hypervascular tumor that is typically found in the head and neck. Due to their location, these tumors are difficult to operate on and eradicate. Seven years after his first tumor diagnosis, John was suddenly faced with the same diagnosis.

John noticed that the left side of his face drooped while he was looking at himself in the mirror one morning. He immediately called his doctor. After a few tests, it was determined that John didn’t suffer a stroke. However, something was definitely neurologically wrong with him.

It was then that John’s doctor recommended he be seen by Dr. Taha Shipchandler. Dr. Shipchandler is a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon and assistant professor of clinical otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

“Dr. Shipchandler called my personal cell phone and said he wanted to see me to do a CT scan and MRI,” said John.

He met Dr. Shipchandler and had several tests done.

“He instantly, instantly, knew what was wrong with me,” said John.

Dr. Shipchandler performed a total of three surgeries on John - a 13-hour surgery and then two 1-hour follow-up surgeries.

“It worked like a charm,” said John in regards to his surgeries. “During my time in the hospital, I was treated well by the nurses and Dr. Shipchandler came by every day to check on me.”

Dr. Shipchandler and John have stayed in contact even after John’s recovery. “He called me on Christmas Eve to wish me a merry Christmas and happy New Year,” said John. “I couldn’t have any better doctors than Shipchandler.”