Acoustic neuroma treatment
Patients referred to The London Clinic by their GP or from another hospital, or who come here for treatment from abroad, can access a high level of care for acoustic neuroma.
If you are diagnosed with a small acoustic neuroma, you may be suitable for stereotactic radiosurgery with the CyberKnife, which is available on-site at The London Clinic.
High intensity radiation is directed at the acoustic neuroma with pinpoint accuracy while you lie on the treatment table. The CyberKnife uses real-time imaging to target the exact 3-dimensional space where the tumour lies. Treatment can be completed in one or several sessions, which take up to an hour.
You need no anaesthetic or sedative and you can go home shortly afterwards. After treatment, the acoustic neuroma will hopefully start to shrink, or at least to stop growing.
Follow-up MRI scans will be done to check what is happening and then your neurosurgeon will discuss further treatment options with you as necessary, depending on the results.
Brain surgery for acoustic neuroma:
The other treatment option is conventional surgery, which has a very high success rate (with low rates of tumour recurrence). The biggest risk with this treatment is of facial paralysis, however, in many cases with modern neurosurgical techniques it may be possible to save the function of the facial nerve.
Surgery is performed by a multi-disciplinary team that is headed jointly by a neurosurgeon and an ear, nose and throat surgeon. The operation involves a craniotomy, in which the skull is accessed at the back of the head. Microsurgery and laser surgery may then be combined with conventional surgery to remove the entire tumour.
Why choose The London Clinic
Excellence in one place
We operate as teams of experts with world-class resources dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of medical care. You are surrounded by the latest treatments and advice with everything you need to get back to your best health.
Personal care, every time
Exceptional patient care is a way of life for us. Our nurses, clinicians and support teams are dedicated to the care of a very small number of patients, so have more time for you. They’ll be with you every step of the way, tailoring your care around you and giving the peace-of-mind that comes with knowing you’re in the best hands.
We work together as one to guide you through each step of your experience, with complexities unravelled and answers readily to hand. Your personal treatment plan will be laid out for you, with all the details taken care of so you can focus on you.
What's included in your package?
Choosing The London Clinic means your treatment plan will be laid out for you, with all the details taken care of so you can focus on you.
Your treatment package will include:
- Enhanced pre-admission assessment
- Your treatment with our complete care team at your fingertips
- Personalised aftercare and follow-up
We want you to be in control of your health. That’s why we also offer optional services such as comprehensive recovery packages and extra touches for you to choose from during your stay with us.
How to pay
- You can use private medical insurance (PMI) to access this treatment. We work with all major PMI providers in the UK and many internationally
- You can pay for yourself (self-pay)
- If you’re paying for yourself, we have finance options available with Chrysalis