Hi, it's me again.
I know so much about this stuff because back in 1970 I had a cerebral vascular accident (CVA) my parents at first were flummoxed themselves ( I was 13) at the time microsurgery was not perfected. They tried to have me treated at St.Vincent's Hospital on Staten Island, but then, very fortunately for me went to Colombia Presbyterian , where they treated me with radiation. Unfortunately, I had to wait until a second CVA(1974) to get treated at Colombia Presbyterian Hospital with a brand new technique called microsurgery. Dr. Sisti who was a student of Dr. Michelson (the neurosurgeon who performed the 12 hour surgery) has told me that this was the very beginning of brain surgery(the stone age, if you will). As a result of my surgery, which was deemed as a success, I have over 70 metallic clips in my brain for which I cannot have an MRI (or else they will become dislodged and scramble my brain).
Don't worry, I can have CT scans for diagnosis and did In 2004, can you imagine my shock at being told that I would have to undergo a second brain operation 30 years later? I was in shock and awe myself!
Dr. Sisti told me that Neurosurgery has come along way since then from "stone age tools" and metal clips to nonmetallic clips which allow MRI's to be taken. Many different procedures can be performed up to and including AN removal ( total or near total). For those of you on the "watch and wait" plan, it is up to you and your physician.
It, being brain surgery, is very important you should weigh ALL your options and proceed with care!