Re: Nerve Sheath Tumor - Spine
I did some further reading as I don't recall ever seeing anyone with this problem since I've been on the board. It appears that your tumor is still quite small. I would think that it would be better to have it removed at this point rather than risk it growing larger and becoming more adhered to the nerve...but I think you're going to have to figure out which neurosurgeon and hospital/clinic you feel is best and then rely on that surgeon's advice. Your issue is a bit more complicated (or at least, so it seems to me) than most issues we are used to hearing about or experiencing for ourselves.
It could actually be a pretty simple surgery if it truly is a simple laminectomy. Has anyone indicated if this could be done with a minimally invasive surgery or will it be "open?"
My second lumbar surgery was similar to a laminectomy --mine was an open surgery. I was in the hospital overnight. I got home around noon the following day, waited until my husband got me settled on the couch in the den, and went back to the office. The minute the car was down the driveway, I was out in the kitchen making brownies from scratch. I had such a craving for something sweet (steroids affect me that way)...and I felt perfectly fine. But -- and this is the really important part-- you have to follow the surgeon's instructions perfectly, or even a simple procedure can result in a bad outcome.
You won't be able to drive for awhile (usually a couple weeks). You will not be able to bend or twist at the waist, and will have a lifting restriction of about 10 pounds for maybe six weeks...or so. It is possible that you will bounce back quickly -- I just don't know how involved the surgery will be. Generally speaking, if they don't have to cut into bone, it is not as painful.
I would suggest you find the most experienced, best trained surgeon that is available to you. If you have access to NYC, there should be several to choose from. The most important aspect of surgery is the choice of your surgeon....I think!