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Nerve Sheath Tumor Surgery

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:

  • Schwannomas
  • Neurofibromas
  • Nerve sheath tumors

To make an appointment or request a consultation, contact the Johns Hopkins Peripheral Nerve Surgery Center at 410-614-9923.

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Maryland Patients

To request an appointment or refer a patient, please contact the Johns Hopkins Peripheral Nerve Surgery Center at 410-614-9923.
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Adult Neurology: 410-955-9441
Pediatric Neurology: 410-955-4259
Adult Neurosurgery: 410-955-6406
Pediatric Neurosurgery: 410-955-7337


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