I'm new, I was diagnosed on Aug 20 (today is Sept 5) with a 29mm AN at it's largest dimension. I am scheduled to have my first discussion with Dr. Sisti of NY Presbyterian this Thursday. I have also sent my reports and images to Dr. Timothy Chan in Sloan Kettering to try to schedule and appointment with him as well. I am also trying holistic acupuncture and eating AHCC herbal pills to try to buy me some time to make a good informed decision. Although I am not sure that it will do anything. I'm up for anything at this point. Even though I haven't met with Dr. Sisti yet, I talked to his nurse who already knows what he will recommend me. That is surgery plus GK afterwards. I don't want to do surgery because it seems the chance of hearing loss is great. I am also afraid of future complications afterwards. Right now I have slight hearing loss, maybe less than 10%, and a little tingly in my lip and tongue. My question is, should I push towards only radiosurgery instead of microsurgery? I hear that GK can still do up to 3cm sizes which I am at the borderline. If GK can do up to 3cm why would the surgeon recommend surgery? I want to see if Dr. Chan would be fine with just even fractional radiation to make it shrink over time. Can anyone who has been in my situation before give me advice?
My wife is expecting our first child in a few weeks as well. In the light of this, when is the best time to do the operation? Would one month after his birth be too late?
Also who are the best doctors/surgeons to deal with AN in the NY tristate area? Thank you in advance!