My thoughts and prayers for your upcoming surgery (Thursday, 1/16).
As for 'mixed reviews' on doctors: my neurosurgeon, Dr. Isaac Goodrich, seems to be relatively unknown yet has over three decades of experience with AN surgery. When I was admitted for my surgery on my 4.5 cm AN, a hospital nurse confided that I had "the best doctor in the state for acoustic neuroma surgery", which was encouraging. This neurosurgeon did an outstanding job with my debulking surgery and I enjoyed a rapid and complication-free recovery, followed by planned radiation (FSR) which effectively halted the growth of the debulked tumor. That was over seven years ago and today I'm doing fine. My doctor's lack of renown seems like a minor point when compared to his skills and experience that worked in my favor.
I believe that when undergoing serious surgery one must have complete confidence in the medical team. My doctor wouldn't even allow any interns or residents in his OR when performing AN surgery. He hand-picked his support team and even 'imported' a technician from out of state to perform the nerve monitoring. He took his work seriously and wanted only the best people working with him. As Dr. Goodrich put it to me: "AN surgery is no place for amateurs". I have no opinion on the surgical approach your doctors will choose but I wish you a successful outcome.