Is surgery used to treat vestibular dysfunction?


Surgery can be used to treat some types of vestibular dysfunction, but only after other, less severe treatment options have failed. For example, a disorder called Meniere's disease sometimes requires surgery because of the long-term vertigo and other severe symptoms that it causes. Sometimes a surgeon will remove or sever portions of the vestibular system in the inner ear to stop the transmission of incorrect signals to the brain. In other cases, when there is a problem with the fluid in the inner ear, a surgeon might perform a procedure to relieve pressure.

In rare cases, there might be a noncancerous tumor on a nerve in the inner ear that is causing the inner-ear disorder, and a surgeon may need to remove the tumor surgically. In all, there are 13 kinds of surgical procedures that can be used to treat different types of vestibular dysfunction when other treatment methods are inadequate.

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Vestibular Dysfunction

The vestibular system, which includes parts of the inner ear and brain, helps you balance and move your eyes. When things go wrong with this system - because of injury, disease, or aging - vestibular dysfunction occurs.If you suff...

er from vestibular dysfunction, you may feel dizzy or off balance, have tinnitus (ringing in your ears), and even have trouble reading or doing arithmetic. People may mistake your symptoms and think you are lazy, nervous, or don't pay attention. For some, just describing symptoms is scary. For others, getting out of bed in the morning is difficult. Sometimes, going about your day is nearly impossible. Vestibular dysfunction can lead to other problems, such as short-term memory lapses, confusion, low self-esteem and self-confidence, anxiety or panic attacks, and depression. Motion sickness, nausea or vomiting, ear pain, and headaches are some other side effects. Vestibular dysfunction can be treated in a variety of ways.

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