Acoustic neuroma treatment in Israel

Acoustic neuroma

Neurinomas are benign tumors arising from Schwann cells that occur on any nerve in the human body, but are more often located in the area of the auditory nerve. The names of schwannoma, neurinoma, perineural fibroblastoma, etc. are also used to denote the disease.

The disease occurs at any age (the average age of patients is 30-60 years), slowly progresses, reducing hearing acuity for years. Hearing loss ranges from 2.77 to 5.39 decibels per year. The disease is detected in 1 patient per 100 thousand of the population, is more common in women (about 50-65% more often than in the male part of the population) and is included in the top 10 brain tumors according to WHO statistics.

Benign tumors, which include neuroma, are dangerous complications. The gradual growth of the neoplasm leads to the infringement of the surrounding structures, and the constant compression of the brain can be fatal.

Important! The positive result of neuroma treatment in Israel is due to a complex scheme that combines innovative diagnostic methods and advanced technologies for excision of formations, due to which about 95% of patients completely get rid of acoustic pathology. Specific types of surgical interventions are selected individually, consistently lead to high results and are absolutely safe.

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Benefits of treating acoustic neuroma in Israel

  1. High efficiency. The use of advanced medical techniques and high-tech equipment has led to clear indicators of statistics - 94% of clinical cases of therapy in children lead to a complete recovery;
  2. Accurate diagnostics. The patient undergoes a complete examination, lasting no more than 3 days. Modern methods in symbiosis with innovative equipment allow you to immediately make an accurate diagnosis based on laboratory test data;
  3. Minimally invasive technologies. To eliminate the problem, sparing techniques are used, including stereotaxic procedures, which do not require incisions for small neoplasms. Innovative methods effectively remove the affected areas without touching other structures, which minimizes the risk of adverse reactions;
  4. Modern equipment. High-precision equipment for making diagnoses, innovative robotic devices, powerful microscopes, laser technologies and an imaging system - all this in a complex takes into account the peculiarities of pathologies and allows microsurgical operations to be carried out in the shortest possible time;
  5. Recovery without surgery. High-quality treatment of acoustic neuroma in Israel is possible without neurosurgical intervention, incisions and anesthesia. Therapies save patients time and money by consistently delivering high cure rates;
  6. Rehabilitation program. Patients are provided with comfortable conditions for undergoing a neuro-oncological rehabilitation program under the guidance of a personal case manager with the appointment of rehabilitation therapy;
  7. Optimal cost. Israeli medical centers consistently offer patients to complete a full course at prices that are an order of magnitude lower than in similar clinics in the United States and the European Union.

How is auditory neuroma diagnosed?

The process of diagnosing auditory neuroma in Israel is clearly planned and organized. A person undergoes a complete examination for a period not exceeding 3 days, during which he goes through 3 main stages, including:

Leading neurologist consultation

The specialist conducts an initial examination of the patient, identifying the external signs of pathology. The doctor clarifies the symptoms of the disease, how it proceeds, draws up a history of the disease and decides whether it is necessary to prescribe additional diagnostic tests for the final diagnosis, the choice of therapy tactics.


Routine initial diagnostics can be difficult, as the symptoms of the disease can be similar to other diseases. In order to make an accurate diagnosis, the following types of diagnostics are carried out:

  • Laboratory research. Medical centers have the ability to conduct research on more than 150 indicators. The set of laboratory diagnostic methods helps the doctor in obtaining information about the state of human health and, based on these indicators, determine the appropriate method of therapy;
  • MRI. The applied non-radiation (completely excluding the effect of radiation) examination method. Determines the location of the tumor tissue, whether it is part of the nerve or is located on its outer side. The study reliably determines the degree of development of benign formations and their influence on the surrounding structures;
  • CT. Layer-by-layer scanning is performed to detect neoplasms, and high resolution allows you to examine benign cells in great detail;
  • Biopsy. This complex type of research is necessary to accurately confirm the diagnosis and is carried out with the aim of taking tissue samples to determine the nature of the neoplasms in order to exclude the presence of oncology;
  • Hearing test. A diagnostic study carried out to determine the auditory activity of a person and to check his physiological threshold of hearing. The specialist attaches special electrodes that send stimuli to the brain and records the response.

It often happens that schwannoma is discovered by chance when patients are being examined for other diseases.

Choosing a treatment strategy

The final diagnosis is made at a medical council. Doctors of various specializations take part in it. They carefully study the anamnesis, compare the results of laboratory tests and choose the optimal technology and program for subsequent rehabilitation.

Neurinoma treatment methods in Israeli clinics

Treatment of neuroma in Israeli clinics

Therapeutic tactics are chosen depending on the location of the problem area, the nature of the neoplasms and the severity of the symptoms.

Those benign cells that cause symptoms or are visible externally are predominantly removed by surgery.

The tumor tissue is completely eliminated without damaging the nerve endings and other structures. Neurosurgery quickly relieves the course and in most cases leads to a complete recovery.

If, before the procedure, the patient had muscle weakness, additional measures of restorative therapy are prescribed to him.

In the case of a malignant tumor tissue, it is removed by a neurosurgeon during an operation, or radiotherapy is used.

Clinics for the treatment of neuroma in Israel use methods such as:

  1. Observation. Some types of pathology do not need aggressive treatment, but there is always the possibility that the affected cells will begin to actively grow, causing neurological problems or transforming into cancer. To prevent such consequences, neurologists conduct thorough studies with a monitoring schedule and regular MRI or CT scans;
  2. Chemotherapy. A method of treating malignant neoplasms that have spread through the tissues and other structures of the human body. Medical centers are equipped with innovative equipment and chemotherapy drugs that effectively inhibit cancer, reduce the severity of symptoms and slow down the development of malignant cells;
  3. Radiation therapy. Technology prescribed to patients who have been diagnosed with cancer. External radiation therapy is given to shrink the tumor and make it easier to remove it surgically. In severe cases, when it is not completely removed, the radiation therapy procedure is carried out later in order to further destroy the remaining malignant formations;
  4. Microsurgery. Surgery to eliminate problems with the auditory nerve is a complex and highly traumatic procedure. Israeli specialists use more gentle methods. In minimally invasive procedures, the affected cells are removed through a minimal opening in the skull bone. If the elimination of a large tumor is associated with probable damage to the facial nerve (in the case of its proximity to the auditory nerve ending), then some of the cells are left for further removal by stereotaxic surgery;
  5. Surgery. The standard method for removing a growing or symptomatic tumor. The duration and complexity of the intervention depend on the size of the affected areas and their location. During the procedure, the surgeon opens the nerve with maximum accuracy, gaining free access to the neoplasms. Affected tissue is removed while nerve function is monitored by continuous intraoperative electrophysiological monitoring.

Treatment of acoustic neuroma with a cyberknife

Acoustic neuroma therapy with cyberknife

An alternative method of removing neoplasms is stereotactic radiosurgery, which is used for small tumors, the diameter of which does not exceed 3 cm.

Cyberknife installation is a sample of innovative equipment of the latest generation, the use of which destroys the focus of pathology in 1-2 sessions.

When treating neuroma with a cyberknife, computer modeling is carried out, which allows visualizing the problem anatomical area and programming the direction of the ionizing rays. Directional irradiation beams penetrate exactly into the focus of pathology at different angles and are connected in places of accumulation of affected cells.

Important! Each individual beam is low-powered and does not harm the healthy structures through which it goes. In the area of the tumor, the rays are combined and their power is summed up, reaching the maximum possible level of radiation, launching the mechanism of DNA destruction of mutated pathology. After a certain period of time, the process ends its effect, the volume of the tumor decreases until it completely disappears.

The action of the mechanism of destruction of the affected cells lasts for 0.5-1 year, as a result, 95% of patients are cured completely, relapse is possible in 1-1.5% of people.

The cost of treating neuroma in Israel

Specialized clinics keep stable prices for the treatment of acoustic neuroma in Israel, since this issue is relevant for medical tourists.

The total amount is formed after determining the technology, prescribed therapeutic measures and other objective factors.

It should be noted that the cost of medical services in this country is much lower than in other states with the same level of development of medicine. This is especially important for foreign citizens who do not have a local insurance policy.

For example, compared to similar US hospitals, the savings are up to 50% of the full course of therapy, and compared to clinics in the European Union, the price is about 30% cheaper.

Violetta Yanyshevska
Violetta YanyshevskaAuthor and medical editor