What is Peripheral Nerve Surgery?
Peripheral Nerve Surgery is surgery that deals with the peripheral nervous system (such as nerves to your hands, feet, head/scalp, and skin). It does not address brain or spine conditions (“Central Nervous System”). Many patients have chronic migraine headaches, chronic leg and arm nerve pain, nerve injury from sports and trauma, or nerve compression that are resistant to all non-surgical treatment and medications.
What are some common peripheral nerve conditions that can benefit from surgery?
- Chronic Headaches and Migraines
- Chronic Pain following surgery or trauma
- Upper Extremity Nerve Compression (Carpal Tunnel, Cubital Tunnel, and Radial Tunnel)
- Amputation Stump Pain
- Symptomatic Diabetic Neuropathy
- Lower Extremity Nerve Compression (Tarsal Tunnel, Peroneal Nerve)
- Sports Related Nerve Injuries
- Traumatic Nerve Injuries
- Nerve Tumors
Am I a good candidate for Peripheral Nerve Surgery?
Your doctors will make sure your condition is not caused by issues other than your peripheral nervous system.
Often times you have tried or exhausted all other medical and non-surgical treatment options, you will be evaluated by a peripheral nerve surgeon (plastic surgeon or peripheral neurosurgeon) to see if surgery can help you.
Following your surgery, you may need rehabilitation and physical therapy to ensure optimal recovery.