Acoustic Neuroma Removal
(Neurilemmoma; Vestibular Schwannoma)
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- Careful monitoring
- Radiation therapy
- Microsurgical removal
Reasons for Procedure
- The tumor is growing
- There is concern that the tumor size may become life-threatening
- The tumor is causing hearing problems or neurologic symptoms
- Hearing loss
- Excessive eye dryness
- Difficulty with balance
- Ringing in your ears
- Facial weakness and numbness on the side of the tumor
- Increased age
- Size of the tumor
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
Description of the Procedure
Immediately After Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
How Much Will It Hurt?
Average Hospital Stay
- Headache and head discomfort
- Fatigue and sleepiness
- Emotional lows
- Washing their hands
- Wearing gloves or masks
- Keeping your incisions covered
- Washing your hands often and reminding your healthcare providers to do the same
- Reminding your healthcare providers to wear gloves or masks
- Not allowing others to touch your incision
Call Your Doctor
- Signs of infection, including fever, chills, and neck stiffness
- Worsening headache, balance problems, or hearing loss
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or any discharge from the incision site
- Persistent nausea or vomiting
- Pain that you cannot control with the medications you were given
- Runny nose
Acoustic Neuroma Association http://www.anausa.org
American Academy of Audiology http://www.audiology.org
Canadian Academy of Audiology http://www.canadianaudiology.ca
The College of Family Physicians of Canada http://www.cfpc.ca
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Acoustic neuroma. Vestibular Disorders Association. Available at: http://vestibular.org/acoustic-neuroma. Accessed August 8, 2014.
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Vestibular schwannoma. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated February 21, 2014. Accessed August 8, 2014.
What is acoustic neuroma? Acoustic Neuroma Association website. Available at: http://www.anausa.org/index.php/overview/what-is-acoustic-neuroma. Accessed August 8, 2014.
6/2/2011 DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance. http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Mills E, Eyawo O, et al. Smoking cessation reduces postoperative complications: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Am J Med. 2011;124(2):144-154.e8.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 08/2014 -
- Update Date: 08/08/2014 -