While I'm past the point of needing to hire a neurosurgeon to remove my AN, I have to admit that the controversial Dr. Shahinian and his endoscopic technique for removing acoustic neuromas has always interested me. Back in 2006, as I was preparing for my AN debulking surgery, I mentioned this technique to my neurosurgeon and asked him if it was viable. He said that he had never heard of using the endoscopic procedure on ANs - and he thought it was very risky. At that point I dismissed any idea of going that route and assumed endoscopic surgery to remove ANs was 'experimental' and not feasible in my case. Fortunately, my debulking procedure went well and I've never regretted choosing that route.
Even so, I can see why many AN patients are excited about this minimally invasive form of AN surgery. Were I diagnosed today, I would thoroughly investigate it. However,being the practical type, I would probably chose traditional AN surgery. After reading the New York Times articles, I would definitely pass on Dr. Shahinian and his endoscopic procedure but I wouldn't reject him as a possible choice for other AN patients facing surgery. I would, however, advise such AN patients to vet this physician thoroughly and understand that every surgical procedure carries risks, which is why they have you sign the waiver before the surgery, acknowledging that you've been informed of the (often grim) possibilities that could occur as a result of the surgery.
Frankly, these articles are not encouraging and I believe it will take some years and much demonstrable success of endoscopic AN surgery before it - and Dr. Shahinian - are accepted and trusted by the doctor's peers and the medical profession, in general.