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My name is Gary and I had FSR surgery at Johns Hopkins about a month ago for my 1.7 CM AN. It was painless and the people were very nice; my doctor Dr. Williams was thorough and gentle.

I expect the AN to die over a period of 18-24 months. This is the goal of FSR -- to kill the tumor without effecting hearing and facial function. I am happy to report that I have no additional hearing loss and my facial functions are normal. I do have a few swallowing issues... I will go back in April to see if the tumor is duying. Hopefully I can report further positive results.

I urge you to look at FSR as an option over surgery. If I had had a cancerous tumor, I would have chosen surgery...  but since the AN is benign in 99% of the cases, I chose to attack it with a more non-invasive option. FSR saved a lot of uncomfortable days and nights for me.

E-mail me with any questions about the procedure...  I will be happy to talk with you about it.

Best,

Gary <STORMDUD AT aol.com>
November 2000

Last Edited: Wednesday, October 30, 2002