Comparison of the surgical and follow-up costs associated with microsurgical resection and stereotactic radiosurgery for vestibular schwannoma

Ritesh Banerjee, James P. Moriarty, Robert L. Foote, Bruce E. Pollock

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Object. The best approach to the management of vestibular schwannoma (VS) remains controversial. The aim of this study is to analyze the initial and follow-up costs of resection and stereotactic radiosurgery for patients with VS. Methods. Initial and follow-up costs in 53 cases in which patients with unilateral, previously unoperated VSs > 3 cm underwent resection (21 cases) or radiosurgery (32 cases) at the Mayo Clinic from June 2000 until July 2002 were analyzed for 36 months. Follow-up treatment-specific utilization records were gathered prospectively for patients not returning to the Mayo Clinic after treatment. Six-month moving averages of incremental follow-up costs were calculated for the 2 patient groups. Results. The mean cost of surgery in the microsurgery group was $23,788 (95% confidence interval $22,280-$24,842) compared with $16,143 (95% confidence interval $15,277-$17,545) for the radiosurgical group. Mean incremental follow-up costs per month for patients in the microsurgery group started just > $1000 per month, decreased steadily, and remained < $70 per month by the 10th month of follow-up. Mean incremental follow-up costs per month for patients in the radiosurgery group were < $10 per month for the first few months and thereafter increased to as much as $200 per month. Conclusions. Although the total cost of microsurgery is higher due to the costs of hospitalization, follow-up costs for radiosurgery are greater in general. From a societal perspective, radiosurgery is less expensive than microsurgical resection provided that the rate of tumor progression after radiosurgery remains low with long-term follow-up.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1220-1224
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of neurosurgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2008



  • Cost
  • Follow-up
  • Microsurgery
  • Radiosurgery
  • Vestibular schwannoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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