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Hand Tumor Removal Surgery

Tumor Removals Surgery: Dallas Hand Surgeons Dr. David and Solomon Azouz explain hand tumor treatment

Dallas Plastic and Hand Surgeons Dr. David and Solomon Azouz review hand Tumor Removal Surgery: symptoms, surgical treatment, cost, insurance, and recovery.

What is a hand tumor?

Hand Tumor Removal Surgery removes hand tumors, which are any abnormal growths in the hand that often appear as a mass, bump, or lump. Most are benign but can cause pain, discomfort, and difficulty with movement.

What are the different types of hand or finger tumors?

Ganglion cyst: This is the most common type of hand tumor and can occur at the base of the fingers, around the finger joints, or wrist. These tumors are filled with fluid and feel very firm.

Giant cell tumor of tendon sheath (GCTTS): This is the second most common type of hand tumor and is also benign. It can occur at any of the tendon sheaths of the fingers. GCTTS can also develop in the ankles or feet. These tumors usually affect individuals between the ages of 30 and 50. A giant cell tumor of the tendon sheath appears as a solid bump and is slow growing.

Epidermal inclusion cyst of the finger: These cysts can develop after a cut or puncture of the skin. It appears as a mobile lump or mass and is filled with keratinous fluid.

Lipoma: Lipomas are benign, slow-growing fatty tumors that are just below the skin. 

Bone tumors: Some bone tumors include enchondroma, osteoma, chondromyxoid fibroma, and chondroblastoma. These tumors affect bone health and bone growth. In some cases, the bone can protrude outward, and a bump or mass can appear.

What are the symptoms of a hand tumor?



Mass, bumps, or lumps in hand or fingers

Limited range of motion

More prone to hand or finger fractures

When does a hand tumor require surgery?

Most hand tumors should be removed, especially when it starts to affect movement and strength. Dr. Azouz will look at x-ray images to better visualize the tumor location and see bone alignment.  

What are the benefits of hand tumor removal surgery?

After a hand tumor or hand mass is removed, hand function and strength can be restored to baseline. Once the tumor is removed, it can be sent to pathology to confirm whether it is benign or malignant.


How is a hand tumor removal surgery performed?

The specific procedure depends on the type of tumor. Dr. Azouz will remove the tumor along with the part that attaches it to the bone to prevent a recurrence. The tumor or growing mass is sent to pathology for analysis and to determine if further treatment is necessary.

What is the anesthesia for hand tumor surgery?

Patients are sedated for surgery to relax them. Local anesthetic medication is used to minimize pain during and after the surgery. Dr. Azouz will also inject an axillary block, which usually lasts up to 24 hours. 

How long does it take to recover from hand tumor removal surgery?

The recovery time after surgery is usually 4-6 weeks.  However, recovery is dependent on each individual, their medical history, location, and severity of their hand mass. Dr. Azouz will see patients for routine follow-up visits for detailed instructions on dressings and splinting. Hand therapy may be required if the tumor affects the range of motion.

What are the risks of hand tumor removal surgery?

Dr. Azouz minimizes the risk of hand surgery with specialized surgical techniques, customized medication, and the use of a tourniquet.

Can hand tumor removal surgery be combined with other procedures?

Yes, hand tumor removal surgery can be combined with any cosmetic procedures, nailbed repairs, or laceration repairs if there is multi-system trauma.

If you have a hand tumor, call 972-702-8888 to book your appointment with Dr. Azouz in Dallas.  


Hand Tumor Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost of a hand tumor removal surgery?

The cost of hand tumor removal surgery can widely vary depending on the location, size, and complexity of the removal of the tumor which will be discussed in your consultation. 

What are the outcomes of a successful hand tumor removal surgery?

Following the surgery, patients will not experience any of the symptoms that their tumor caused. 

What are the non-surgical treatment options for a hand tumor?

Some minor cysts can be treated with an aspiration to drain the fluid. However, the majority of the time, the patient is at a high risk of the tumor or cyst to reform. 

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