explain the time it takes after surgeory for removal of acoustic neuroma
After surgery, headache and incision pain are managed with narcotic medication. Because narcotic pain pills are addictive, they are used for a limited period of 2 to 4 weeks. Their regular use may also cause constipation, so drink lots of water and eat high-fiber foods. Stool softeners and laxatives can be bought without a prescription. Thereafter, pain is managed with acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol). Ask your surgeon before taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs. NSAIDs may cause bleeding and interfere with bone healing.
Do not drive after surgery until you are cleared to do so by your surgeon and avoid sitting for long periods of time. Do not lift anything heavier than 5 pounds (e.g., a 2-liter bottle of soda), including children. Housework and yard work are limited until the first follow-up office visit. This includes gardening, mowing, vacuuming, ironing, and loading/unloading the dishwasher, washer, or dryer. Do not drink alcohol or operate a vehicle while using pain medication.
You may feel that you do not have your normal energy level for 1 to 2 weeks after surgery. Gradually return to your normal activities. Fatigue is common. Walking is encouraged; start with short walks and gradually increase the distance. Wait to participate in other forms of exercise until discussed with your surgeon. Gentle stretches for the neck may be advised.
You may shower and get your incision or sutures wet. Use mild baby shampoo with no harsh fragrances. Be careful not to let the water directly hit your incision. Gently clean any old dried blood from the incision area. Do not submerge your head in a bath. Inspect your incision daily and check for signs of infection, such as swelling, redness, yellow or green discharge, warm to the touch. Minimal swelling around your incision is expected.
Face / Eye care
Do not rub your eyes. Use eye drops 3 to 4 times a day in the affected eye. Inspect your eye daily for signs of redness, irritation, or blurring of vision. If any of these conditions occur, notify your surgeon. Eat slowly and avoid tough foods. You may find it helpful to chew and swallow on the opposite side of your mouth until facial weakness improves.
When to Call Your Doctor
A temperature that exceeds 101.5º F. An incision that shows signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, pain, or drainage. Increased headache with nausea or vomiting, along with increased swelling at the incision site. Leaking cerebrospinal fluid may accumulate under the skin incision. Drowsiness, balance problems, or rashes. Decreased alertness, increased drowsiness, weakness of arms or legs, increased headaches, vomiting, or severe neck pain that prevents lowering your chin toward the chest.
Recovery & prevention
Before you leave the hospital, appointments with the neurosurgeon will be scheduled 10 to 14 days after surgery to remove your sutures and check your recovery. Recovery time varies from 4 to 6 weeks depending on your tumor size and your general health. Patients typically return to work in 6 weeks, provided their balance is recovering, but be sure to check with your surgeon.