This may or may not be of any interest, but my surgery was done in 1999, and the results have been, on the whole, fantastic.
Following initial onset of symptoms (numbness, tingling, electric shock sensations) it was determined the Trigeminal Schwannoma at Mickel's Cave was a relatively fast growing tumor, and needed to be removed ASAP. Diagnosis was done in November 1999, and surgery was done on December 31, 1999. Great way to spend Happy New Year, eh wot?
In the ensueing 12 years, I have noticed a very, very slow return of sensation to my face. I no longer have any localized pain, and have noticed a definate improvement in the sense of touch from my left eyebrow
to my lower jaw. I no longer feel as if my left eye was drooping, and I no longer bite my inner cheek and tongue, at least not as often, hehehe.
My only concern, at this stage, is whether this can/will possibly recur. Given that I am a 70 year old male,it's probably not too much of a worry. The inactivity involved with advanced age gives one much too much time to worry.