I had my surgery on 12/14/18 at The Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville. I had made a list of questions for my NS before surgery and he answered all. I was informed that I may lose (temporarily) my sense of balance and memory. I wasn't informed about losing my sense of smell, which I did. I would have liked more information re the actual process of the surgery, i.e. the removal of the skull and how it is replaced. Will I have screws? How will the first few days be like? I was very happy with my NS's (three were in surgery with me) and the hospital stay. The nurses were amazing. I had a lot of nausea even with meds for nausea. The first couple of weeks I walked and rested when tired. You tire easily. My headaches are hit and miss. After my 6-week post op appointment, I was given the okay to start back to the Y to work out.
My tumor was on my optic chiasm. They had to leave a small portion of the tumor. The NS informed me that they remove the tumor piece by piece as not to damage the optic nerves or artery.