A peripheral nerve tumor is a tumor that begins growing on the nerve itself. Often, these tumors are benign. The tumor is usually a slow-growing mass along the path of the nerve, accompanied by various degrees of pain, numbness or muscle weakness.
Once a peripheral nerve tumor is diagnosed through ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging scan (MRI), your doctor can begin preparations for its removal. An experienced surgeon who performs hundreds of tumor removals should remove it. Learn more about peripheral nerve tumors.
Follow-up Care for a Peripheral Nerve Tumor Removal
Following the tumor removal, you will probably need physical or occupational therapy to keep the affected muscles and joints active and prevent stiffness. You may need a brace or a splint to help hold the affected limb in the proper position. In addition, over-the-counter pain relievers may be used if you experience any pain from the surgery.