J Reconstr Microsurg 1995; 11(3): 175-177
DOI: 10.1055/s-2007-1006527

© 1995 by Thieme Medical Publishers, Inc.

Subjective Outcome Following Surgical Management of Lower-Extremity Neuromas

Christine B. Novak, Deborah van Vliet, Susan E. Mackinnon
  • Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, and Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Canada
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Accepted for publication 1994

Publication Date:
08 March 2008 (online)


This study evaluated the long-term subjective outcomes of 19 patients (13 females, six males), following surgical resection and proximal transposition of lower-extremity neuromas. The patient mean age was 49 years (S.D.: 18), with a mean post-injury time of 8 years and post-surgery follow-up of 4 years. Thirteen patients reported symptomatic improvement in pain, and six reported no improvement. Often subjects who were unemployed prior to surgery, two returned to work and four retired postoperatively. Preoperatively, 13 patients used analgesic medication and postoperatively, eight reported taking less medication; four had completely stopped taking pain medication. Symptomatic pain relief apparently can be achieved with surgical management of lower-extremity neuromas.