I had a Middle Fossa operation 17 months ago. I chose surgery because I had severe and debilitating vertigo attacks of the full spin variety. The frequency was increasing at an alarming pace - every 3-5 days.
My first introduction to this site was 4 months after my surgery because I was frustrated by the slow recovery and I wanted some advice. I never realized how many posts there are with people in the wait and watch mode. For me, I felt that I had something growing in my head and I wanted the damn thing out. My doctor had me see his associate to discuss radiation, but I was set on a surgical removal even though I met with the other doctor. Being a veteran of operations, ( I have had three other prior surgeries unrelated to an AN ), I just figured this is no big deal. Well I have to say that brain surgery can be challenging, but I made the decision that I wanted a surgical solution to my tumor. I had a 1 year MRI last fall and I am clean, that was more important than the post op symptoms I struggle with to this day. Having said all of that, I have read many many posts here on HEI and the doctors there. It seems everyone has had good results, so it just doesn't make sense why this doctor would talk about radiation like that.
What I also have learned from ANA, your medical decisions are yours to make. The people who participate here have some very sound advice and opinions. Many of them have been through quite a bit in their lives. But at the end of the day, it's lonely at the top, so it's always up to you to make that decision. My only suggestion is to learn as much as you can, speak with as many ANA friends as possible so that you are fully informed before you decide what to do. If you are a person of faith, I would seek out God as well to give you guidance. Sorry for the long post.