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Post-surgery regrowth - second surgery or radiation?
« on: March 18, 2023, 02:30:35 pm »
Hello, I had retrosigmoid surgery for my initial 3x2 cm AN in 2017, and at the time the surgeon thought he removed it completely.  Unfortunately, my follow-up MRI in 2020 showed a new enhancement at the end of the auditory canal, and this has grown very slowly over the last three years and now stands at around 7 mm.  My surgeon said he doesn't think I should do a second surgery, and is sending me for a radiation referral. 

Has anyone had follow-up surgery after regrowth from a first surgery? Are there reasons why a second surgery is more difficult?  I'm a little worried about the long term effects of radiation (I'm in my early 40's), and the fact that if it fails I'll need surgery anyway.  I'm thinking if I should get a second opinion to see if it can't be removed completely with translab and not have to worry about it anymore.

Thanks for any advice or personal experience,