Ever been convinced by a neurosurgeon that they can remove your arachnoid cyst? What do they actually mean by that? What they mean is rather than just fenestrating the cyst, they remove the wall of the cyst with a laser. But in most cases this isn’t what actually happens. They very rarely are able to remove the entire wall of the cyst because it adheres to the brain. It isn’t some foreign body, as a tumor is, the cyst is formed with parts of your anatomy that are already there like the arachnoid membrane and your cerebrospinal fluid. Given that the arachnoid membrane is literally the wall of your cyst, removing it is very dangerous which is why most neurosurgeons prefer traditional fenestration or shunting.
I will not publicly denounce the neurosurgeon, or should I say, doctor who most people assume is a neurosurgeon, but isn’t actually one, he is a radiologist. But yes, I was suckered into his “cure” for my arachnoid cyst. His “complete removal” approach to my arachnoid cyst was anything but, and when it grew back, he didn’t want to have anything to do with it, well actually he couldn’t, because he’s not really a neurosurgeon. So I had to go to a completely different hospital far away from his to get it shunted.
In the end was it worth it to go through all of that? No! I wish I had done more research beforehand, but with all of the television shows promoting this “neurosurgeon” I thought he would be the best person to operate on mine, I was wrong. It would have been easier to either try fenestration or go straight to a shunt, since that’s what I ended up with anyway.
I am suggesting that you, if you just have been diagnosed, explore all of your options, and don’t just jump on the chance to get operated on by someone who isn’t the best qualified in this area because you’ve been turned away elsewhere. Best to stick with a university hospital where they have been training in neurosurgery for years. Yes, a lot of them would rather you didn’t have any surgery at all, but a lot of them know how to better operate on arachnoid cysts.