Acoustic neuromas require highly individualized care. When deciding on the best course of treatment for you, our specialists take into account:
- The size and location of your tumor
- Your symptoms
- Your age
- Your hearing
- Your overall health
- Your lifestyle and career
At MedStar Washington Hospital Center, we offer these methods of surgical tumor removal to better tailor therapies to your personal needs and circumstances.
Acoustic Neuroma Surgery
Microsurgery is one method we can use to remove part or all of your acoustic neuroma. Microsurgery uses an operating microscope, along with specialized instruments and techniques to access your tumor, while giving your neurosurgeon the ability to preserve facial function and hearing.
At MedStar Washington Hospital Center we have both the expertise and state-of-the-art tools to offer three different surgical approaches to acoustic neuroma resection (surgical removal). Most hospitals in our region are only equipped to offer one.
These approaches are:
- Middle fossa approach: This is known as the best approach for hearing preservation and is designed for small tumors located within your ear canal. Your neurosurgeon will access the tumor by removing a small area of your skull above your ear.
- Retrosigmoid approach: This approach is designed for tumors located in the space between the brain’s cerebellum (located at the bottom of the brain) and brain stem. Your neurosurgeon will access the tumor by removing a small portion of your skull near the back of your head.
- Translabyrinthine approach: This is best for patients with tumors of any size who have already permanently lost their hearing. Your neurosurgeon will access the tumor by removing a portion of your skull behind your ear.