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Patient Discharge Instructions

Vestibular Schwannoma (Acoustic Neuroma)

The following instructions are provided to guide you during your recovery at home. Please carefully read and follow these guidelines to ensure a smooth healing process:


  • Take all prescribed medications as directed by your doctor, including pain relievers, antibiotics, and any other medications.
  • Follow the recommended schedule and dosage instructions provided to you.
  • If you experience any adverse reactions or have concerns about your medications, consult your healthcare provider.

Activity and Rest:

  • Engage in light activities and gradually increase your level of physical activity as tolerated.
  • Avoid strenuous activities, heavy lifting, and vigorous exercise for the first few weeks following treatment.
  • Maintain a balance between rest and activity. Take short walks throughout the day but ensure to get enough rest and sleep.

Diet and Nutrition:

  • Follow a healthy and balanced diet to support your recovery and overall well-being.
  • Ensure an adequate intake of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids unless otherwise instructed by your doctor.

Wound Care:

  • If you have an incision or surgical site, keep it clean and dry as instructed by your healthcare provider.
  • Follow any specific wound care instructions provided to you, such as dressing changes or wound cleaning.

Follow-Up Appointments:

  • It is crucial to attend all scheduled follow-up appointments with your doctor to monitor your progress and address any concerns.
  • Follow any additional instructions provided by your healthcare provider during these appointments.

Signs of Issues:

  • Be aware of any signs of potential complications and seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of the following:
  • Severe headache that does not improve with pain medication
  • Changes in vision or hearing
  • Facial weakness
  • Difficulty with balance or coordination
  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • New or worsening symptoms, such as difficulty swallowing or speaking
  • Clear liquid (cerebrospinal fluid) leaking from your nose, ear, or incision
  • Dry eyes

Driving and Work:

  • Do not drive until your doctor provides clearance. Typically, this may take a few weeks or as advised by your healthcare provider.
  • Consult your doctor regarding when you can safely return to work, considering the nature of your job and your overall recovery.

Driving and Work:

  • Your doctor may recommend vestibular rehabilitation therapy to address any balance or dizziness issues. Attend all scheduled therapy sessions and follow the therapist’s instructions.

Emotional Support and Mental Health:

  • It is common to experience a range of emotions during your recovery from a vestibular schwannoma. Seek support from friends, family, or a mental health professional if needed.
  • If you experience symptoms of depression, anxiety, or any other mental health concerns, consult your healthcare provider for appropriate guidance and support.
Remember, each person’s recovery may vary, so it’s essential to listen to your body and take it easy during the healing process. Reach out to your healthcare provider if you have any concerns or questions during your recovery.
Wishing you a smooth recovery and improved health. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need further assistance.

NeurosurgeryLA Team

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