What Is Neurolysis?
Neurolysis is a procedure used to treat neuromas. A neuroma is a benign, enlarged growth of nerves, most commonly found between the third and fourth toes. Neuromas are caused by tissue rubbing against and irritating the nerves.
Neurolysis is a therapeutic, non-surgical procedure in which the affected nerve is chemically destroyed. This is accomplished with seven weekly injections of ethanol mixed with a local anesthetic.
The nerve tissue has an affinity for alcohol and will absorb it. After repeated exposure to the ethanol, it becomes toxic to the nerve and the pain-causing nerve is destroyed.
Neurolysis is a good treatment option for neuromas if more conservative methods have not worked. Conservative treatment options for neuromas usually include wearing orthotics or corrective shoes or getting cortisone injections. In some cases, surgical removal of the growth may be necessary.
Neurolysis has a success rate of over 60 percent. However, many insurance companies will not cover neurolysis.
If you believe you have a neuroma and would like more information or to set up an appointment, you can contact our office at 615-220-8788 or at our toll-free number 888-713-0906. You can also request an appointment online.
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