Hi and welcome to the Chiari forum.
Most times during decompression surgery Drs do not touch the cerebral tonsils....some times they remove them, and others they cauterize them to help them retract.....BUT even with cauterization they may not retract completely....the issues is we do not have room for them this is why they herniate in the first place....so with decompression they create more room and leave the tonsils...
What could have happen is scar tissue can form causing another CSF obstruction....or you may have a related condition flaring up at this time.
Not sure if the area you want Northern CA is included in this list....
Dr. Langston Holly
Dr. Ulrich Batzdorf
UCLA, Westwood, CA
UCLA/Santa Monica Medical Center
Paul S. Jackson, M.D., Ph.D.
Palo Alto Center
795 El Camino Real
Level 3, Lee Building
Palo Alto, California 94301
Dr. Jorge Lazareff, MD
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
200 Medical Plaza, Suites 140
Peter Morton Medical Build
Los Angeles, CA
(310)794-7700 Patient appoint.
Dr. Samuel F. Ciricillo
2800 L Street $5
Please keep in mind this list is NOT a referral nor endorsement it is here for you to use to research Drs.
Glad you were able to locate someone....don't forget to do some research on that person.....and you may want to get a few opinions, so seeing one or two others is best to compare......
Keep us posted.
I have heard of many people having to have multiple decompression surgeries. Unfortunately maybe after so long things may have to be resolved again. Best of luck I will say a prayer for you. Definitely keep ua updated