Hi, Sally ~
Welcome to our little corner of the internet, although I regret having an AN diagnosis necessarily brought you here.
I'm a CT resident (northeast corner, just outside of Waterbury). I underwent successful retrosigmoid surgery for a 4.5 cm AN almost 3 years ago (6/06), followed by 26 FSR treatments, 3 months later as part of a coordinated plan to avoid facial paralysis and other complications. This approach was highly successful. The surgery had no post-op complications and the radiation treatments were uneventful with absolutely no adverse effects. I drove to and from each 'session' (60-mile round trip) 5 days a week for 5 weeks. My neurosurgeon was Dr. Issac Goodrich
(Connecticut Neurosurgery http://www.ct-neurosurg.com/
) and my radiation oncologist was Dr. Johnathan Haas,
who has since moved his practice to Long Island. Both my surgery and FSR treatments were performed at The Hospital Of Saint Raphael
) in New Haven. I highly recommend my neurosurgeon and
I know you're in the difficult fact-finding, decision-making process and I want to offer you my assistance, if you're interested. Please send me a PM if you seek further information about my experience. If you wish, we may be able to set up a telephone conversation if that is more convenient for you. Again, contact me by PM and let me know if I can assist you - and my best wishes as you travel the road so many of us have traveled. May your destination - a return to normalcy - soon be in sight. Jim