The translabyrinthine approach is a safe procedure for total definitive removal of a vestibular schwannoma and permitted the absence of tumoral recurrence in our series of 91 patients. A single gadolinium-enhanced MRI scan 5 years after surgery is advised in case of total removal. In case of any doubt about the quality of the tumoral removal, a proposed MRI follow-up schedule within 2 years and 5 years of surgery is an initial baseline pattern, and possibly thereafter repeated MRI examinations on clinical grounds.
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