Nerve sheath tumor surgery is designed to remove the tumor as completely as possible.
In the case of schwanommas, the nerve can usually be left intact as the tumor is peeled off the surface of the nerve using microsurgical technique. In the case of a neurofibroma, the tumor is inside the nerve and the nerve must be opened and the tumor is taken from within.
Malignant Nerve Sheath Tumors, also called neurofibrosarcoma should be surgically removed.
In most cases, these tumors can be removed and the nerves preserved. In the rare cases where keeping the nerve intact is impossible, nerve repair is often performed at the same time as the tumor removal surgery.
Recovery from nerve sheath surgery
Recovery depends on the type of tumor, location and extent of the surgery. Your doctor will give you detailed instructions about surgery and recovery. If your tumor is malignant, your doctor will work with our oncology team to provide a comprehensive treatment program which may include chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
Conditions treated with nerve sheath tumor surgery:
To make an appointment or request a consultation, contact the Johns Hopkins Peripheral Nerve Surgery Center at 410-614-9923.