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Acoustic Neuroma Surgery: What Happens

General anesthesia is used when performing a surgery for acoustic neuroma. This type of anesthesia uses medication to put you into a deep sleep so that you do not feel any pain, pressure, or movement during the procedure.
Once the anesthesia has been given, your doctor will begin the surgery. The exact type of procedure performed depends on the size and location of the tumor and the level of hearing in the affected ear. Each type has specific advantages and disadvantages. Talk with your doctor about the type of surgery he or she is recommending.
During acoustic neuroma surgery, a computer is used to monitor the facial nerve and the nerve associated with hearing.

Recovering From Surgery for Acoustic Neuroma

After acoustic neuroma surgery, you will be moved to the intensive care unit, where you will be monitored closely as you recover from the anesthesia. You will be kept here until your healthcare providers feel that you are recovering well, usually overnight.
Sometimes during the recovery period, patients may shiver or experience nausea. Both of these can be related to anesthesia. Your healthcare providers can give you medication to help with these symptoms.
Following the surgery, it is common to feel some pain. Medicine can be given should you feel any discomfort.
Remember that your healthcare providers want you to recover without any problems, so be sure to report anything that feels abnormal or "not right."
(Click Acoustic Neuroma Surgery Recovery to learn more about recovering from this procedure, both in the hospital and at home.)
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