Acoustic Neuroma Removal
Acoustic Neuroma Removal
(Neurilemmoma; Vestibular Schwannoma)
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- Careful monitoring
- Radiation therapy
- Microsurgical removal
Reasons for Procedure
- Tumor is growing
- Concern that tumor size may become life-threatening
- Tumor is causing hearing problems
- Hearing loss
- Excessive eye dryness
- Difficulty with balance
- Ringing in your ears ( tinnitus )
- Facial weakness and numbness on the side of the tumor
- Leakage of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)
- Increased age
- Size of the tumor
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Steroids—usually started 48 hours before surgery
- Antibiotic—given by IV right before surgery
- Aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs
- Blood thinners, such as clopidogrel (Plavix) or warfarin (Coumadin)
Description of the Procedure
Immediately After Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
How Much Will It Hurt?
Average Hospital Stay
- Head discomfort
- Fatigue and sleepiness
- Emotional lows
- Keep the incision area clean and dry.
- Do not drive until your doctor allows it.
- Ask your doctor when you will be able to return to work.
- Ask your doctor when it is safe for you to shower, bathe, or soak in water.
- Take medicines as instructed.
Call Your Doctor
- Signs of infection, including fever, chills, and neck stiffness
- Worsening headache
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or any discharge from the incision site
- Nausea and/or vomiting that you cannot control with the medicines you were given after surgery or that persists for more than two days after discharge from the hospital
- Pain that you cannot control with the medicines you have been given
- Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
- Stiff neck
- Runny nose
American Hearing Research Foundation http://www.american-hearing.org/
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/
The Canadian Hearing Society http://www.chs.ca/
Canadian Society of Otolaryngology http://www.entcanada.org/
Acoustic neuroma. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated July 18, 2012. Accessed October 29, 2012.
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What is an acoustic neuroma? Acoustic Neuroma Association website. Available at: http://anausa.org/index.php/overview. Accessed October 29, 2012.
6/2/2011 DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance : Mills E, Eyawo O, Lockhart I, Kelly S, Wu P, Ebbert JO. Smoking cessation reduces postoperative complications: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Am J Med. 2011;124(2):144-154.e8.
- Reviewer: Marcin Chwistek, MD
- Review Date: 10/2012 -
- Update Date: 10/29/2012 -