Neurofibroma refers to a tumour that forms on a nerve cell sheath, which is part of the peripheral nervous system. It can affect the Schwann cells, fibroblasts, or the perineural cells, including the vestibulocochlear nerve. In most cases, the tumour is benign (non-cancerous) and causes little to no symptoms. However, it can also sometimes be malignant (cancerous). As there’s a possibility for the tumours to grow large enough to affect the function of the nerves, doctors recommend their removal in the majority of cases.
The surgical removal of such tumours used to be performed using traditional open surgery. However, due to various advancements in the field of surgery, such procedures can now be performed using minimally invasive methods that reduce associated risks and complications as well as recovery time. Such methods are widely available for both local and international patients in Southeast Asia, which is currently known all over the world for offering high-quality but low-cost medical and surgical care.
In Southeast Asia, neurofibromas are treated using the endoscopic endonasal approach (EEA). The new technique takes advantage of the nose and nasal cavity opening to gain access to the tumours eliminating the need to make large incisions.
Many patients shy away from the concept of medical tourism due to the high costs associated with medical care in general. However, this is not true for Southeast Asia, which has revolutionised the medical tourism industry by offering patients cost savings of up to 70% compared to the costs of healthcare in Western countries. Not only has Southeast Asian medical tourism made treatments safer and more effective, but it has also made good quality medical care more affordable and more accessible.
Promising faster recovery time and minimal scarring for patients with neurofibromas, Southeast Asia’s top world-class hospitals are indeed the best places for patients to seek treatment. And to ensure excellent medical and nursing care, patients can simply go to any of the region's Joint Commission International (JCI)-accredited hospitals.