Treatments

Acoustic Neuroma Treatments

The goal of acoustic neuroma treatment is to maintain your facial nerve function and save as much hearing as possible. The type of treatment chosen will depend on your age, overall health and tolerance for various treatments.

Treatment options include:

  • Watchful waiting: If the neuroma is small, slow growing and not causing symptoms, your physician may choose not to initiate treatment.
  • Gamma Knife® radiosurgery: This leading-edge technique delivers a single, large dose of radiation to a specific target with surgical precision, minimizing damage to surrounding tissue, discomfort and the risk of bleeding and infection.
  • Traditional surgery: Your surgeon may remove all or part of the acoustic neuroma, either through your ear or through a flap in your skull. Surgery carries risk of complications, including worsening of your symptoms.

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