Top New York plastic surgeon Dr. Darrick Antell is board certified in plastic surgery, emphasizing aesthetic / cosmetic surgery. One of the cosmetic and reconstructive surgery procedures he regularly performs is neurofibroma removal.
Neurofibromas are benign (noncancerous) tumors that grow on major or minor nerves throughout the body. Neurofibromas cause soft bumps to form under the skin. Often times, a neurofibroma is most likely to develop centrally within the nerve.
Neurofibroma removal is a surgery designed to excise the benign tumor from the nerves. Neurofibromas can develop in various regions throughout the body. In order to ensure the most successful procedure possible, Dr. Antell may alter your surgery to best suit your specific needs. Rapid recovery techniques using the smallest incision possible are all employed. Prior to your neurofibroma surgery, the size, number, and severity of the neurofibroma will be taken into consideration when deciding the specific details of your neurofibroma treatment.
This information will provide you with a basic knowledge of neurofibromas and neurofibroma surgery that will help you understand the benefits of surgery prior to excision and what neurofibroma removal results you can expect following treatment. While this neurofibroma content is very informative, it is important to understand that each patient’s case of a neurofibroma is different. Dr. Antell is more than happy to address your specific questions during a neurofibroma consultation.
Neurofibromas are nerve-type tumors that form a soft bump or multiple bumps under the skin as a result of unchecked cell growth. This abnormal growth of cells is noncancerous, and, for most patients, it is not harmful. Many patients choose to undergo neurofibroma surgery in NYC to eliminate these growths. While some patients may be self-conscious, embarrassed, or uncomfortable by a neurofibroma, other patients may experience pain, discomfort, or pressure if a neurofibroma is especially severe or develops in a sensitive area.
Once a neurofibroma develops, it is permanent unless treated. The best candidate for neurofibroma removal is a healthy individual who is either seeking to treat the uncomfortable side effects of the neurofibroma or to enhance his or her physical appearance.
If necessary, local anesthesia may be combined with a sedative during neurofibroma removal depending on the size and location of the neurofibroma or patient preference. However, the vast majority of soft tissue tumors may be removed with local anesthesia alone. Dr. Antell will discuss this with you at the time of your consultation as well as the specifics of your individual case.
Typically, the bandage may be removed the day after neurofibroma surgery, and showering may be permitted. When showering, Dr. Antell advises to use caution. Patients are seen the following week to evaluate results. Dissolvable stitches are often used during neurofibroma removal. These stitches will be naturally processed by your body in the weeks following treatment.
Neurofibroma removal is a very safe surgical procedure when performed by an experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Antell who has performed thousands of neurofibroma, lipoma, and fibroma excisions. Although uncommon, even with a well-trained surgeon, there may be some risk and potential for complications. The most common neurofibroma complications include bleeding, infection, or a negative reaction to the sedative if used during surgery. To ensure your well-being and comfort, Dr. Antell may ask questions about any previous medical conditions or prior surgeries you may have undergone. Dr. Antell may also inquire about your general health and medical history. Complications during neurofibroma surgery may be minimized when performed by a knowledgeable plastic surgeon like Dr. Antell in an accredited surgical facility.
Some patients with habits, such as smoking or certain medical conditions, may be more at risk for negative reactions from surgery. The size, quantity, and location of your neurofibromas may also affect the potential risk factors of surgery. Dr. Antell prioritizes his patients’ health above all else and will take every precaution possible to ensure a healthy procedure. Additionally, Dr. Antell reduces scarring by using scar-minimizing surgical techniques for the most natural-looking and appealing results possible with a rapid recovery.
Prior to neurofibroma removal, you will meet with Dr. Antell for an initial consultation to assess your neurofibroma, medical history, and overall health. At this consultation, Dr. Antell will evaluate your neurofibroma and determine if it inhibits movement or causes pain. After this evaluation, Dr. Antell will begin to discuss your options for neurofibroma removal and suggest which anesthesia he thinks may be appropriate for your surgery.
When discussing your health with Dr. Antell, it is very important to be honest about your medical history, current health, and previous surgeries. These are all important details that Dr. Antell must take into account when planning your neurofibroma removal.
During your consultation, you should notify Dr. Antell if you are currently taking any medications or supplements. Dr. Antell should also be notified if you have any history of smoking or if you are currently a smoker. Dr. Antell is happy to answer any of your questions or explain specifics of your neurofibroma excision in more detail during your consultation.
Some smaller neurofibromas may be able to be successfully excised the same day as your consultation if the procedure only requires local anesthesia. If a neurofibroma is larger or more severe, an additional appointment will have to be made. Dr. Antell can arrange neurofibroma surgery with twilight anesthesia if he feels you may benefit from this type of sedative anesthesia.
In most cases, neurofibroma surgery can be performed in our private New York State registered operating room with local anesthesia. Very rarely, Dr. Antell may suggest your neurofibroma excision to be performed in a hospital setting.
In the majority of neurofibroma surgeries, local anesthesia is used. Dr. Antell may suggest the use of IV sedation commonly referred to as “twilight” anesthesia for some patients. This type of anesthesia helps you feel as if you are falling asleep naturally, but you will continue to breathe on your own. During neurofibroma surgery with twilight anesthesia, you will be relaxed but have no memory of the surgery, ensuring that you are entirely comfortable during neurofibroma surgery.
Dr. Antell uses a rapid recovery technique with local anesthesia, which may be combined with twilight anesthesia during your neurofibroma surgery depending on your specific needs. Your well-being and health are most important to Dr. Antell when performing neurofibroma removal. Dr. Antell typically performs neurofibroma removal in our private on-site NY State registered operating room. In the majority of neurofibroma removals, dissolvable stitches are used, which are processed by your body naturally in the weeks following your treatment. The location, size, quantity, and severity of neurofibromas differ from patient to patient. Prior to your neurofibroma treatment, Dr. Antell can help you decide which neurofibroma technique or treatment is more appropriate for your needs.
Following neurofibroma removal surgery, most patients are able to return home on the same day. Dr. Antell requires that all patients schedule a follow-up appointment to ensure that your incision is healing well and that no complications occur. While the majority of neurofibromas are noncancerous, Dr. Antell typically sends out a sample for laboratory testing to ensure that there are no signs of cancer.
After neurofibroma surgery, you can expect aesthetic improvement as well as relief from the painful or uncomfortable symptoms associated with the neurofibroma. In cases where the neurofibroma inhibited mobility, improvements in movement can be expected. While scarring is inevitable whenever an incision is made, Dr. Antell uses scar-minimizing techniques to ensure that the potential for scarring is reduced. Any scarring is often minimal and inconspicuous.
Dr. Darrick E. Antell and his staff will be happy to discuss Neurofibroma Removal (Neurofibroma Surgery) with you. Please call 212.988.4040 for a private consultation or schedule an appointment online at our office.