From all the research that I did prior to having GK, and conversations I had with neurosurgeons, any malignant growth was such a remote possibility that it didn't really factor into how I made my decision. My biggest concern was maintaining quality of life, given all the possible outcomes from microsurgery. As a single person in my late 50's, I wanted and needed to continue working. I also had an elderly parent to care for. I had a previous bad experience with anesthetic on a 2 hour surgery so facing a substantially longer AN surgery wasn't high on my list of things to look forward to. GK, allowed me to return to work quickly while continuing to care for my mom. Facial paralysis was a non issue and while my recovery wasn't a total walk in the park for the first 1 1/2 years, I was able to maintain a quality of life that was manageable and one I was happy with.
We all need to weigh the issues that are important to us when making the decision on when to treat and what treatment we prefer. It's a challenging decision and definitely the toughest one I've ever made.