Great idea bumping this up again! I'm thrilled to be able to add my story. In many ways, I feel guilty posting it - my outcome has been so amazingly good, and I know there are some that have lingering complications (major and minor). I just don't want anyone to think I'm "gloating" - I just want the new folks to know they aren't doomed to horrible consequences!
I had translab done Sept 13, 2006 (12 weeks ago). The surgery was 11.5 hours and (according to the surgeon's notes) quite laborious. His notes talk about debulking the tumor in smaller and smaller and smaller pieces b/c he couldn't actually see my facial nerve. But in the end, he was very confident that my AN is completely gone. I was in ICU 24 hours and in the hospital all of 5 days. I don't remember a lot of the hospital, but I wasn't nauseated, or dizzy, or in all that much pain (except for one 3 hour period 2 days post-op). Within 48 hours I was walking on my own, albeit slowly (as long as I didn't move or turn suddenly).
Aside from 2 days of double vision immediately post-op, I've had none of the typical complications of AN surgery. No dry eye, no facial numbness or palsy, no taste changes, no vertigo or balance issues, no fatigue, no ongoing headaches (I did have mild ones for about 4-5 weeks post-op, managed with Advil). I am deaf on that side (a known outcome of translab surgery), but I was pre-op anyway. In many ways, I actually feel better than I did for the six months before the surgery - I have more energy, am not tired as much, and I'm not tripping on words the way I was over the summer. (I'd blamed all that on my kids - who knew!)
I do have one lingering complication - numbness in my left hand from a pressure bruise on my left funny bone sustained during the surgery. Apparently, that elbow wasn't padded appropriately and not moving (not even tiny twitches!) for almost 12 hours caused a deep bruise with nerve damage. I still don't know if that will ever resolve - I need to follow up with a neurologist.
Seriously, aside from the deafness (which was there anyway) you'd never know I had my skull opened just three months ago for a long, complicated surgery. I truly feel so blessed. And it's good to know that when everything lines up just the way it should, and you have a lot of luck (and pirate socks!!!) thrown in, it can all work out really well.