I have been told very inconsistent and often inaccurate information by my neurosurgeons in the past, and I would like a second opinion on a CTA result and advice on whether or not I need to find a third specialist to talk to. I had a left vertebral artery dissection 6 months ago that caused a TIA that resolved within a few hours. I had ongoing headaches and neck pain, which are now ~95% resolved. I had a CTA scan done at 5.5 months, and the results were: "Interval healing of previously demonstrated long segment dissection of the mid and distal cervical artebral artery, now with smooth contour and increased lumen size." My neuro said I was completely healed, but he also said the left artery looked smaller. To me this verbiage sounds like it is mostly healed, but not completely. Should I see another specialist? Is it okay to go off anticoagulants (Xarelto) and aspirin as my doctor suggested? I have been told many conflicting things at this point, some of which has been clearly disproved by imaging of the arteries. I was told that the artery was messed up from birth (from one neuro) and the dissection would never heal (from another neuro)-- I am not a specialist but the artery very clearly looks much more like the unaffected artery now and the report reflects that, whereas before it was very small, narrow and kinked. I am looking for any advice as to how I should proceed. Thank you.