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Hand FAQ

Question:

When I hurt my hand seriously a few months ago, I developed something the doctor called a neuroma. What is a neuroma? Is surgery the only option?

Answer:

A neuroma is a growth of nerves where there shouldn't be such a growth. When you injure nerves, they try to grow back, to regenerate. Sometimes, this works well. Other times, the nerve fibers they send out, the axons don't go to the right place and end up bunching together. This can cause pain, numbness, and other symptoms. Every patient is different and if surgery is an option for you is something you should discuss with your doctor. Some people live with neuromas that don't cause too much trouble, so they leave them for a while. For others, the neuroma may be causing severe problems with pain, numbness, cold intolerance, and stiffness. In these cases, surgery may help. Annemieke Stokvis, MD, et al. Cold Intolerance in Surgically Treated Neuroma Patients: A Prospective Follow-Up Study. In Journal of Hand Surgery. Nov. 2009. vol. 34A. Pp. 1689 to 1695.

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