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Neurofibromas are nerve tumors that form soft masses under the skin. These tumors can be unsightly and cause pain, itching, numbness, a burning sensation, or weakness as they impinge on the nerve. Thankfully, the removal of neurofibromas is a routine, outpatient procedure that can leave you free from the unpleasant masses and their side effects.

Dr. Darrick Antell: A consummate professional in neurofibroma removal

Dr. Darrick Antell is among the most experienced and renowned plastic surgeons in New York. Often featured on TV, in magazines, and as a guest lecturer both nationally and internationally, Dr. Antell has treated celebrities, politicians, and other high-profile individuals from New York City and around the world. His private facility, located across the street from the famous Lenox Hill Hospital, is equipped with state-of-the-art operating equipment and all the facilities needed to deliver incredible results with maximum discretion and superior outcomes.

Trained at Stanford and Cornell, Dr. Antell is recognized in the medical community and by his many patients for consistently achieving superior surgical outcomes.

Dr. Antell is trusted by patients from around the world for his professionalism, experience, and high level of care. In choosing him for your neurofibroma removal, you can be confident that he will treat you with the respect and expertise you need to make the improvements that restore your self-confidence and happiness.

What are neurofibromas?

Neurofibromas are benign tumors that grow on nerves in the body. While most neurofibromas are benign, resulting in only an unsightly bump, occasionally they can impinge on the nerve and surrounding muscle, causing pain or other unfavorable symptoms. As nerves extend throughout all areas of the body, neurofibromas can be found on virtually any part of the body.

Neurofibromatosis is a hereditary disorder resulting from a gene mutation that causes the growth of multiple neurofibromas. However, an individual can have a neurofibroma without having neurofibromatosis. The cause of sporadic neurofibroma growth is not known.

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Am I a candidate for neurofibroma removal in New York City?

Those who suffer from visible or painful neurofibromas are likely candidates for our removal treatment. As the procedure is very safe and effective, most people can experience neurofibroma removal in NYC with few complications. Your medical history will be evaluated before your treatment. As with any surgical procedure, the safety of the surgery is determined after an in-person, private consultation and examination.

How are neurofibromas removed?

Once a neurofibroma develops, it will not go away on its own and will often increase in size over time. Therefore, the only way to rid the body of this mass is through surgery. Neurofibromas are removed in an outpatient procedure typically under local anesthesia. However, depending on the size and location of the lipoma, twilight sedation may be used for your comfort. The most common method of neurofibroma removal in Manhattan is by creating a small incision and surgically removing the mass underneath.

After the neurofibroma is completely removed, the incision is closed with meticulously placed sutures. When you first meet with Dr. Antell, he will assess your neurofibroma, as well as evaluate your medical history and overall health. It is important to let him know if your neurofibroma is causing any adverse symptoms. Please also inform him if you smoke and if you are taking any medications, vitamins, or drugs.

Although dependent on the complexity of the case, many patients are able to have their neurofibroma removed on the same day as their initial consultation. Before the procedure, Dr. Antell will thoroughly discuss the risks, as well as outline the recovery process. He will also answer any questions you may have about the procedure. Removing a single neurofibroma typically takes about one hour, although it depends on the size, depth, and location of the mass.

What are the risks of neurofibroma removal?

While NYC neurofibroma removal is typically extremely safe, all surgery involves some level of risk and the potential for complications. The most common complications include bleeding, infection, and an adverse reaction to anesthesia. Dr. Antell will provide a thorough discussion of all risks during your initial consultation.

What type of anesthesia is used?

Neurofibroma removal surgery is typically performed using local anesthesia, however, in certain cases, an IV sedative known as “twilight” sedation may be used to ensure a comfortable and painless experience.

What can I expect after the procedure?

Our Manhattan neurofibroma removal treatment is an outpatient procedure, meaning you can return home the same day after the surgery. The vast majority of neurofibromas can be removed under local anesthesia, meaning you can arrive on your own, have the procedure, and return home unescorted. The incision site will typically be covered with a small, sterile dressing that will stay on for anywhere from one day to one week.

A tissue sample will be sent to a laboratory for testing to confirm the diagnosis of a neurofibroma and ensure your health and safety. A member of Dr. Antell’s staff will contact you as soon as the pathology results are complete. A follow-up visit will typically be scheduled for one week after surgery so that Dr. Antell can observe the healing process and remove sutures if necessary.

Patients can return to normal daily activities immediately, but are usually asked to refrain from vigorous exercise for 2-3 days. Additional surgery is not usually required, as Dr. Antell is meticulous about removing the entire growth.

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Where will my neurofibroma removal procedure be performed?

Dr. Antell has privileges in numerous hospitals throughout New York City, but most patients prefer for the procedure to take place in his discreet, private operating room located just across the street from world-renowned Lenox Hill Hospital. His facility has a private back entrance to ensure total discretion and all members of his staff have been thoroughly trained to offer personalized care. The state-of-the-art outpatient surgery facility is fully accredited, designed for your comfort, and equipped with the latest technology.

What results can I expect?

After neurofibroma surgery, most patients experience aesthetic improvement, as well as relief from any unpleasant symptoms caused by the neurofibroma. In cases where the neurofibroma inhibited mobility, improvements in movement can be expected.

The incision site will likely appear pink and firm for the first six weeks before eventually fading with time. Although some scarring is inevitable, Dr. Antell uses advanced techniques to help make the appearance as inconspicuous as possible.

How do I get started?

Dr. Darrick Antell and his staff will be happy to provide a discreet and private consultation to evaluate your needs and discuss the lipoma removal procedure. Please call us at (212) 988-4040 to schedule your consultation.

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