Most patients can resume normal daily activities after discharge from the hospital. Some patients develop significant dizziness after surgery requiring balance exercise therapy. Most patients resume regular work within a month.
What is the Long-Term Follow Up?
There is a small recurrence rate after tumor treatment that can become apparent many years after surgery. Patients should undergo periodic evaluation with MRI whether observation or treatment is chosen. There is a risk of significant hearing loss or deafness on the side of treatment, which can be alleviated with a hearing aid device called CROS or an implant called BAHA.
At the Texas Ear Center, we are committed to providing our patients the latest techniques in diagnosis and treatment of skull base tumors. In conjunction with the University of Texas – Houston and Memorial Hermann Hospital Skull Base Program, comprehensive management, including medical treatment, skull base surgery, radiation, sterotactic radiosurgery (gamma knife), and rehabilitation, is provided.