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Acoustic Neuroma Treatment

Our Treatment Approach

If you are diagnosed with acoustic neuroma, your doctor will discuss the best options to treat it. This depends on several factors, including:

  • The size and location of the tumor
  • Your age
  • Your general health
  • Your hearing
  • Your preference

Your treatment for acoustic neuroma will be customized to your particular needs. One or more of the following therapies may be recommended.

Surgery: Like all surgeries, acoustic neuroma surgery is most successful with performed by a specialist with a great deal of experience in the particular procedure. MD Anderson’s surgeons are among the most experienced in the nation in surgery to treat acoustic neuromas.

Surgery for acoustic neuromas is complex and delicate, and it requires a team of experts from several specialties. Surgical approaches include:

  • Through the mastoid bone (translabyrinthine)
  • Behind the ear (retrosigmoid)
  • Above the ear (middle fossa)

Your physician will recommend the best type of surgery for your specific condition. Hearing preservation approaches are available for some carefully selected patients.

Gamma Knife Radiosurgery

Observation with serial imaging: Sometimes called watchful waiting, this approach may be used for some patients with slow-growing tumors. It includes careful observation and periodic MRIs.

If you have been diagnosed with acoustic neuroma, we’re here to help. Call 1-877-632-6789 to make an appointment or request an appointment online.

Why Choose MD Anderson?

  • Team approach to complex disorder
  • High level of experience with acoustic neuroma
  • Comprehensive, coordinated care for acoustic neuroma
  • Most advanced treatments, including surgery and Gamma Knife radiosurgery
  • Full range of professional services including audiology, speech and swallowing

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