You are now where we all have been.....researching and decision making. I had Gamma Knife in July of last year. Each treatment has its plusses and minuses. The one thing I came across in my research of Gamma Knife, is that younger people are usually recommended for surgery because long term affects have not yet been proven with stereotactic procedures. By long term I understand it to mean 20-30 years down the line. I am a good deal older than you are (70+). My doctors (Roland and Golfinos at NYU) recommended Gamma Knife for me. My tumor is small (under 1cm), however it is located just barely into the cochlea. So far Ahollo, I have had a good experience, basically just as it was explained to me prior to having it. The procedure itself was really not difficult (even with the headframe...that was almost a non-experience) From start to finish, I was home within 6 hours. I was even better than prior to procedure for about three months, and then started to get some dizziness and balance issues and little more tinnitus. Hearing has declined some, but not totally. This was explained to me prior to procedure as possibly happening as a result of swelling of the tumor in response to radiation. So we work through this and move on, hopefully to better days. I am not sorry I went ahead with Gamma Knife. For me, personally, I really did not want the risks associated with surgery or to invest the possible time needed to fully heal from them. GK seemed like a reasonable alternative....still doing something which has a good track record so far for people my age, and not as invasive as surgery. However something to be considered....no treatment is without some risk of some kind. I think we have to pick the things that matter most to us and go forward from there. Easy? No way! Really look into your options, do your homework and listen to your gut. So many things to consider, but you will get there and when you do, your mind will be a little more at peace. Another good thing, if you can find a doctor that does both radiation and surgery, you would probably get a better overall picture of what is best for you. I truly wish you the best in your decision making and look forward to following your progress.
Best to you,