In the final analysis, Susan wanted final resolution of the issue. Of course, there are instances of tumor regrowth after microsurgery, but it's quite rare.
We looked at the numbers for both options and, if your microsurgery is done at House, they are very, very close. So, it really did boil down to what Schwartz said is the key question.
Having said that, it took us a long time to make up our minds.
Susan had a 1.9 cm AN. She elected translab because her hearing was quite diminished already and the tumor was situated such that middle fossa would have been very tricky. So, she lost her hearing. She has a BAHA and it works quite well. She does have trouble in very noisy places, but overall it is quite good. The BAHA costs $4K, and our plan covered it because the screw was installed at the time of surgery.
Susan's face was perfect right after surgery. The next day, she had delayed facial palsy. Studies indicate that this (delayed palsy) happens 5-15% of the time. When it's delayed, the prognosis is quite good. As they say, the face you wake up with is the one you will have. Over the last 8 months, her face has returned to just about normal. She still has has a very slight draw around her mouth. But, it's quite good. Her face came back slowly, so she had to be patient. But, she knew it was going to come back.
Sometimes she still has a little bit of an issue with balance, but overall it's not bad at all.
She has had some headaches and that is why I suggested you ask about that. Cranio-sacral therapy has been a live saver for her.
Still, we lead an extremely hectic lifestyle and she is able to do whatever she wants. She sings the praises of the folks at House.
If you would like to speak with her, just send me a private message. She would be happy to talk with you.