Acoustic neuroma, also known as vestibular schwannoma, is a noncancerous (benign) tumor that develops on the main nerve leading from the inner ear to the brain. The tumor can cause hearing loss, ringing in the ear (tinnitus), and balance problems, and may also press against nearby nerves and affect facial movement or other cranial nerve function. Treatment options for acoustic neuroma can include observation, radiation therapy, or surgical removal of the tumor.
The indications for surgical removal of acoustic neuroma (vestibular schwannoma) include:
It is important for patients to discuss the benefits and risks of surgical removal with their neurosurgeon and make a decision based on their individual medical history, symptoms and goals for treatment.
The recovery phase of acoustic neuroma surgery typically involves the following steps:
Recovery time may vary from patient to patient, depending on the type of procedure performed and the overall health of the individual.
Post-surgery complications of acoustic neuroma surgery can include:
These complications can be temporary or permanent and may require additional medical treatment or surgery. It is important to closely follow the doctor's instructions for post-operative care and report any symptoms or concerns promptly to minimize the risk of complications.
Here are some frequently asked questions regarding acoustic neuroma surgery:
An acoustic neuroma is a type of benign brain tumor that affects the vestibular nerve, which is responsible for hearing and balance. It can be treated with surgical removal or radiation therapy.
Surgical options for acoustic neuroma include the translabyrinthine approach, retrosigmoid approach, and middle fossa approach.
Recovery time following acoustic neuroma surgery may vary from patient to patient, depending on the type of procedure performed and the overall health of the individual. Close follow-up with the doctor is recommended to monitor progress and address any concerns.
Risks associated with acoustic neuroma surgery include bleeding, infection, cranial nerve injury, recurrent tumor growth, CSF leak, hearing loss, and scarring.
Hearing may be affected by acoustic neuroma surgery, and the extent of hearing loss depends on the location and size of the tumor and the type of surgical approach used.
During the post-operative period, the patient may experience some discomfort, swelling, and bruising, which can be managed with pain medication and rest. Close monitoring for complications is also important.
There is a risk of facial nerve injury following acoustic neuroma surgery, which can result in temporary or permanent facial weakness or numbness.
It is important to note that the answers to these questions may vary based on the individual patient's situation and the specific surgical procedure performed. The doctor will be able to provide more information and answer any additional questions