Drs. Link and Driscoll did my AN removal ten years ago. I am pleased with the outcome and will not hesitate to recommend them. The outcome was as good as I could hope for. The surgery was sub-occipital and I knew going in the chance of retaining hearing on that side was minimal so I am SSD today. My balance is not what it used to be when I was young but that is not much of an issue and nothing I can't deal with. Facial nerve was not affected and I have no pain issue relating to the AN surgery. Follow ups since have been all clear on the AN side.
My experience at St. Mary's and at Mayo was excellent. The staff was caring and professional. They know their stuff. Drs. Link and Driscoll, though they seemed far to young 10 years ago, were experienced and very good at what they do.
Just recently, on my 10 year follow up MRI, an AN was discovered on the other side and I am once again seeing Drs. Link and Driscoll. I am still on W&W and am using the time to get a second opinion from HEI, much like I did 10 years ago when I found Mayo the first time around. I still feel very comfortable with Mayo and my Drs. there and plan to continue any treatment of this new bug there. I just want to be as informed as possible as would anyone.
Hope this helps. PM me if and we can talk more if you want. Hope all goes well. God Bless you!