Dr. Weinberg is an authority in the genetically inherited disorder known as neurofibromatosis. His depth of knowledge in the subject made him a pioneer in its treatment, and he is one of the few doctors around the world able to treat the disorder quickly and nearly painlessly. Dr. Weinberg uses a newer treatment method called electrodesiccation to remove large neurofibromatosis skin surface clusters made up of hundreds of tumors (neurofibromas). Treatment occurs in one sitting instead of having each neurofibroma removed with a scalpel.

Electrodesiccation involves using an electrical current to desiccate or dry out and kill the neurofibroma tissue. An instrument with a thin point runs a current through the neurofibroma during treatment, drying it out and killing it. This technique is less invasive than traditional surgical removal methods.

Removing Neurofibromas

The electrodesiccation procedure is usually done on an outpatient or ambulatory basis. Treatment often takes an hour or two. Local anesthetics can be used when removing a cluster of tumors from a small body area, but a general anesthetic is needed for removals over a larger skin area. The surgery is usually painless, and because of the improved anesthesia, the patient generally goes home within one or two hours.

Neurofibromatosis Removal and Insurance Coverage

It is important to ensure that the insurance company does not assume that removing neurofibromas is cosmetic. Neurofibromas are associated with pain and discomfort, with a certain malignant potential. There are specific codes that the surgeon must use to have the procedure qualify for coverage. Patients should make sure that their doctor uses these codes when submitting paperwork to the patient’s insurance company. Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.


The electrodesiccation treatment is the answer to neurofibromatosis. It removes the clusters of unsightly tumors, making patients feel better about their body and appearance. See the transformation his patients have made under this breakthrough procedure.

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