It's been a long time since I logged on here... and that's a good thing. I just wanted to pass along GREAT news. I just observed my 10-year anniversary from a Middle Fossa approach Acoustic Neuroma surgery. As part of my post-op I was told to have an MRI screening on my 1-year, 5-year and 10-year anniversaries. I'm happy to report that my 10-year screening was clean and my doctor (Derald Brackmann from the House Ear Clinic in LA) told me I will require no further MRI screens!!!!
It dawned on me today that I should post this good news here to offer hope to those of you who have received the discouraging news that you have an acoustic neuroma. It is very scary but there is hope.
I have made a full recovery, retained about 85% of the hearing in my left ear (my AN side) and the slight facial paralysis I endured as a side effect of my surgery has slowly and steadily lessened over the years. It is now to a point that only those who know me best can even notice it.
Overall I am very happy and thank God for the great work of Dr. Brackmann and his colleagues at the House Clinic. I highly recommend them for anyone who has been confronted with the news of an AN. I hope you are able to beat yours as throughly as I have beaten mine!