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What are success rates?

Posted by Carol on 5/14/03 at 08:05 (118654)

After 1 year of too much pain and too much Neurontin, my HMO agreed to an MRI. It shows a probable Schwanoma tumor in the tarsal tunnel area. What do people who read these posts know about the success rate of surgically removing this tumor? Is the recovery rate about the same as for TTS release?. I may not have the right terminology, but I am interested in the experience of others. Is an MRI usually done earlier? I feel I could have moved toward a treatment plan some time ago if the MRI had been ordered sooner. I think that fiscal conservatism has held up the process.

Re: What are success rates?

Ed Davis, DPM on 5/14/03 at 15:07 (118737)

Carol:
There tends to be a higher success rate with tarsal tunnel surgery when there is an identifiable mass growing in the tarsal tunnel that can be removed. Once the growth is removed, the pathologist will be able to verify with more certainty, the nature of the growth.

A quicker and less expensive way to search for a growth is with diagnostic ultrasound, performed in the physicians office -- something I would have likely done on the first visit.
Ed