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If you need a glomus tumor excision, please Schedule an appointment with one of our orthopedic specialists as soon as possible.

What Is A Glomus Tumor Excision?

Glomus tumor excision is a surgical procedure performed to remove a glomus tumor, which is a rare and benign vascular tumor that originates from the glomus body, a small neuromyoarterial structure in the skin or subungual (under the nail) tissue. Glomus tumors can be painful and cause discomfort due to their location near nerve endings.


  • Glomus tumor excision is indicated when a glomus tumor causes significant pain, tenderness, or functional impairment.
  • Conservative treatments, such as medication or other non-surgical interventions, may have been attempted but did not provide sufficient relief or resulted in tumor growth.


  • The surgery is usually performed under local or regional anesthesia, with or without sedation, depending on the patient’s condition and preferences.
  • During the procedure, the surgeon makes an incision over the glomus tumor to expose the tumor and its surrounding tissues.
  • The tumor is carefully dissected and separated from adjacent structures, such as nerves and blood vessels, to ensure complete removal.
  • Depending on the tumor’s location and extent, the wound may be closed with stitches or left open to heal by secondary intention.


  • The recovery time after glomus tumor excision is generally short, and patients can often go home the same day as the surgery.
  • The hand or affected area may be bandaged and protected during the initial healing phase.
  • Pain relief is usually immediate or significantly improved after tumor removal.


  • The success of glomus tumor excision depends on various factors, including the tumor’s size, location, and surgical technique.
  • In most cases, glomus tumor excision provides complete relief from pain and discomfort, and the risk of tumor recurrence is low.


  • Glomus tumors can sometimes be challenging to diagnose due to their small size and location. Therefore, it is essential to consult with a qualified healthcare professional experienced in diagnosing and treating hand and soft tissue tumors.
  • Glomus tumors located under the nail (subungual) may have specific challenges during excision due to their proximity to the nail bed. Nail preservation techniques may be used whenever possible to minimize cosmetic impact.

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved, and patients should thoroughly discuss the benefits, risks, and potential complications of glomus tumor excision with their surgeon before proceeding. The procedure should be performed by a qualified surgeon experienced in treating hand and soft tissue conditions to ensure the best possible outcomes.


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