What is an Acoustic Neuroma?

Acoustic neuromas are noncancerous tumors that form along the branches of a nerve in the inner ear, called the vestibulocochlear nerve. This nerve connects from the brain to the inner ear and plays an important role in hearing and balance. 

Acoustic neuromas are formed from Schwann cells. These cells wrap around and support nerve fibers. When your body produces too many Schwann cells, an acoustic neuroma forms. The acoustic neuroma must be treated to prevent serious complications.

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What are the Symptoms of an Acoustic Neuroma?

An acoustic neuroma can cause a number of concerning symptoms, including the following:

  • hearing loss
  • ringing in the ears
  • unsteadiness
  • ear fullness
  • tinnitus (noise in the ear)
  • trouble with balance, including vertigo
  • facial numbness
  • swallowing problems
  • headache
  • pressure
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How is an Acoustic Neuroma Treated?

Depending on the size of the tumor, the symptoms caused, and its rate of growth, an acoustic neuroma is treated with a surgical procedure or Gamma Knife radiosurgery, or both may be performed as a combination to achieve ideal results and prevent regrowth of the tumor. 
 
Acoustic neuroma surgery is performed under general anesthesia. The tumor is removed through the inner ear or through a window created in the skull. Your surgeon will determine the best technique to remove the  acoustic neuroma, depending on the size of the tumor and other factors.

During surgery, the goal is to remove the tumor while preserving the facial nerve. If the tumor is too close to the facial nerve or parts of the brain, it may not be possible to remove the entire tumor.  In this case, Gamma Knife radiosurgery may be performed to help slow or stop the growth of the remaining parts of the tumor and prevent regrowth, but it will not destroy the tumor. 

Recovery after Acoustic Neuroma Surgery

Patients whose acoustic neuroma is not large enough or causing significant concerns may successfully treated with Gamma Knife radiosurgery. After Gamma Knife radiosurgery, patients may return home within a few hours of their procedure. Patients may experience nausea or headaches for 1-2 days, but they will be able to return to work and carry on with their usual activities once the healing period is complete.

Patients who require surgery will need to stay in the hospital for several days to recover. Once you return home, there will be two weeks of downtime, resting and recuperating. Sutures and staples will then be removed. As healing continues, you will be able to return to work, resuming all of your usual activities within 4-6 weeks. After ensuring that your symptoms and balance are improving, your surgeon will give you clearance for strenuous activity. 

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About SFENTA 

SFENTA is South Florida’s premier provider of ENT care, offering patients comprehensive treatments designed to help them find lasting relief. 
What sets SFENTA apart from other ENT providers is:

Patient-Centered Care

When you visit one of our providers, nothing about your visit will be cookie-cutter. Instead, you’ll receive care that is designed to fit your specific needs and symptoms.

Continuity of Care

We believe that care is complete when all of your symptoms have been addressed and you have found continued relief.

A Network of Highly Trained Physicians

We’ve created a provider network with over 50 highly trained physicians to help ensure our ability to take on any ENT concern.

The Security of a Community Staple

With over 30 locations across the area, you can rest easy knowing our staff is always nearby.

Who is a Candidate for Acoustic Neuroma Surgery?

Patients suffering from the symptoms of an acoustic neuroma are candidates for surgery. Ideal candidates meet the following requirements:

  • Are physically healthy
  • Have no serious medical concerns
  • Have hearing loss, lack of balance, ear pain, and other symptoms
  • Acoustic neuroma is large
  • The tunor is growing
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Why Choose SFENTA to Treat an Acoustic Neuroma?

At South Florida ENT Associates, we have been proud to provide excellence, outstanding expertise, and experience for over 30 years. Our modern, state-of-the-art practice is welcoming and comfortable, designed to ensure patients feel at home. You deserve the best of the best when it comes to the care you require to treat your acoustic neuroma and return to health. Please call today for a consultation to find out more about your acoustic neuroma treatment at South Florida ENT Associates.

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