Acoustic neuroma surgery is a very delicate surgery and patients who undergo this surgery require a lot of rest and recuperation after the surgery.
Post acoustic neuroma surgery, patients will experience a lot of changes and encounter certain issues related to their senses.
Following an acoustic neuroma surgery, patients will need to stay in the hospital for 3-5 days for continuous monitoring. During this time patients will be dizzy, nauseous, experience a certain amount of pain and have some discomfort in their throat.
Once the patient is discharged from the hospital, they will need to take it easy at home and not do any physical activities, unless specifically asked by their doctors. Patients will need to go back for their first check-up in two weeks from the surgery.
During their recovery period, patients may experience some of the following conditions:
• Change in hearing or loss of hearing
• Vertigo or balance issues
• Stiffness of neck
• Swelling or numbness at the site of the incision
• Facial weakness
It will take at last 1-2 months for the headaches and dizziness to disappear. For patients suffering from vertigo or balance issues, doctors will recommend certain exercises which patients need to follow diligently. If patients are facing any facial weakness or pain, then a different set of facial exercises will be recommended. For hearing loss, patients will be referred to an audiologist, who may recommend several options for hearing preservation. Some of these might be Cochlear Implants, Bone-Anchored Hearing Aid, or Auditory Brainstem Implant.
It will take at least a year before patients can be symptom free and resume all activities as before. However, each patient will have a different recovery time depending on the severity of the after-effects of the surgery.
Points to Remember:
• A patient after acoustic neuroma surgery or radiation treatment needs to take proper rest as advised.
• Wound care is of primary importance. Care should be taken to prevent any infection of the wound.
• Any symptoms like severe headache or vomiting may be indicative of meningitis and should be dealt with as an emergency.
• Strenuous exercise should be avoided.
• Precaution should be taken to prevent the formation of blood clots in the legs.
Patients should contact their doctors/hospitals immediately if they suffer from the following issues:
• Balance or walking becoming worse
• Numbness in face, arms or legs, which was not present before
• Long-term and high fever
• Facing increased difficulty in speaking or swallowing
• Extreme headaches, not relieved by pain medications
• Bleeding from or excessive swelling of the incision