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Dave56

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Post Gamma Knife Question
« on: February 04, 2021, 04:36:23 pm »
Hi, I am fairly new to the AN world. I have a question about post gamma knife surgery from folks who've had had it that can share their experiences.

If I choose gamma knife as my choice of treatment, and assuming the tumor begins to shrink as a result of the radiation, will my hearing and balance be restored to pre AN levels?

Thank you!
« Last Edit: February 06, 2021, 06:09:19 am by Dave56 »

gary.s

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Re: Post Gamma Knife Question
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2021, 09:18:51 pm »
Hi Dave56,

I am not a doctor, but my understanding and personal experience is that you do not regain hearing and balance to the way it was prior to the tumor. Stopping the symptoms from getting worse is the goal with radiosurgery or traditional surgery. Some doctors say they can save your hearing from getting worse with radiosurgery, that is not the case with me and others I have communicated with. My hearing went from bad to worse and now almost total deafness in my AN ear. Sorry for the bad news, hopefully others will add their comments and experiences to your question. Best of luck,

Gary
Mild symptoms July 2014
MRI 1/3/2017 rt side AN 1.40 cm x 1.59 cm
MRI 3/5/2018 AN 1.70 cm x 2.07 cm
CK April 16-20, 2018, Barrow Neurological Institute
9/2018 hearing aid Phonak Audeo B and Cros B
MRI 11/30/2018 AN 1.62 cm x 1.83 cm, mild necrosis
MRI 5/16/2019 No change in AN size, necrosis

Dave56

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Re: Post Gamma Knife Question
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2021, 01:54:12 pm »
Hello Gary,

Thank you for your reply. I really appreciate it.

I have my 6 month check next week at NYU so I will  be finding out if my AN has stayed the same or if it grew.

 


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