An Evolution of Approach in Vestibular Neurectomy

Herbert Silverstein, Horace Norrell, Eric Smouha, Raleigh Jones, Seth Rosenberg

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Since introducing the retrolabyrinthine vestibular neurectomy in 1978, we have performed 78 procedures with good results. In 1985 we introduced the retrosigmoid-IAC vestibular neurectomy, which allows a more complete transection of the vestibular nerves within the internal auditory canal (IAC). Vertigo control has been excellent; however, in 75% of patients, postoperative headaches have been a significant problem. In 1987, the best aspects of the two procedures were incorporated and the combined retrolab-retrosigmoid vestibular neurectomy was developed. The procedure is similar to the RVN in that all bone covering the lateral venous sinus is removed. It differs from the RVN in that a limited mastoidectomy is performed and the dura is opened just behind the LVS. The LVS is retracted forward, exposing the cerebellopontine angle. This allows the surgeon the option to section the vestibular nerve in either the CP angle or the IAC, depending upon the presence or absence of a cochieovestibular cleavage plane in the CP angle. The results have been good and the incidence of headache has been reduced to 10%. The technique, results, and complications are reported here.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)374-381
Number of pages8
JournalOtolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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