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Acoustic Neuroma Microsurgery

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

Acoustic neuroma microsurgery is used to remove a tumor from nerves in your ear. The nerves help control your balance and hearing.

Ear Anatomy

DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) or have someone else call if:

  • You have a seizure.
  • You cannot move your neck.
  • Your face becomes numb and you cannot move it.

Call your surgeon if:

  • You have new or worsening trouble walking or staying balanced.
  • You have a sudden severe headache.
  • You have clear fluid, blood, or pus coming out of your wound, ear, or nose.
  • You have new headaches or dizziness.
  • You have new or worse hearing loss or ringing in your ears.
  • You have chills, cough, or a fever.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Medicines:

You may need any of the following:

  • Antibiotics help prevent or fight an infection caused by bacteria.
  • NSAIDs , such as ibuprofen, help decrease swelling, pain, and fever. This medicine is available with or without a doctor's order. NSAIDs can cause stomach bleeding or kidney problems in certain people. If you take blood thinner medicine, always ask your healthcare provider if NSAIDs are safe for you. Always read the medicine label and follow directions.
  • Prescription pain medicine may be given. Ask your healthcare provider how to take this medicine safely. Some prescription pain medicines contain acetaminophen. Do not take other medicines that contain acetaminophen without talking to your healthcare provider. Too much acetaminophen may cause liver damage. Prescription pain medicine may cause constipation. Ask your healthcare provider how to prevent or treat constipation.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Balance therapy:

You may need to see a therapist to teach you exercises to help your brain adapt to dizziness. This will help improve your balance.

Follow up with your doctor or specialist as directed:

Your healthcare provider may remove your stitches. He or she may order more hearing tests. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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