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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.

How is a neuroma surgery performed?

Dr. Azouz can make a small incision at the site of the neuroma to remove scar tissue and the mass and to release the pressure on the nerve. Another option would be a neurectomy, in which Dr. Azouz will remove the damaged part of the nerve.  Sometimes the nerve will need to be connected to a nerve graft so that the neuroma does not reform.  

What is the anesthesia and recovery from neuroma surgery?

Patients are sedated in a deep sleep to help them relax. A nerve block will be injected to help with prolonged pain, which can last up to 24 hours after the procedure. 

Dr. Azouz will place a splint or bandage over the operation site after the procedure. During routine follow-up visits, Dr. Azouz will assess how healing and may recommend therapy to help with strength and movement. Most patients can return to activities within 4-6 weeks.



What is the cost of a neuroma surgery?

Surgical costs can vary extensively. Dr. Azouz will obtain a medical history and perform a physical exam to help determine costs.  If a neuroma develops after an at-work injury, then the Worker’s compensation insurance may cover the costs of the surgery.

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