I am a new poster here. I was diagnosed with a small spinal meningioma back in 2010. It measured approx 1.48 cm. It is btw T12-L1. I went for a follow up MRI a couple of weeks ago and it grew to 1.77 cm. It is displacing the conus according to the MRI report. I saw a neurosurgeon yesterday at Columbia Presbyterian in NYC. He recommended surgery. I am not really terribly enthusiastic about someone cutting me open in that area. As of right now I am asymptomatic. I am a 36 yr old female with a 3 yr old son. My life is completely hectic and I really don't have time to be out of commission for weeks on end. Plus I am really scared of this surgery. He said he would do a laminectomy and I would be in the hospital about 5 days. I have found that in the past doctors never really tell you what exactly to expect after you have a procedure or surgery. They pretty much give you a textbook answer. I would like to hear from real people about how they felt starting immediately after the surgery and forward. Thank you in advance for reading!