What is a neuroma?
A neuroma is a benign tumor from a nerve that is commonly seen in patients who have had a trauma or surgery. Non-repaired nerves will often develop this type of tumor. The pain can be similar to a “pinched nerve” and cause electric shocks or abnormal sensations. In some cases, it is not characterized by a tumor but rather by inflammation and irritation of the nerve.
What are the symptoms of a neuroma?
Pain that can radiate from the site of a mass
Electric shock pain coming from a mass
Numbness or tingling
When does a neuroma require surgery?
Patients need surgery when they have pain with a mass that does not improve with conservative measures. The neuroma will need to be removed to release the pressure on the nerve and to remove the abnormal tissue mass.