Peripheral Nerve Surgery

peripheral-nerve-surgeryThe term “peripheral nerves” refers to all the nerves throughout the body that connect to the central nerves in the brain and spinal cord and control the functions of sensation, movement and coordination.

Peripheral nerve surgery is performed to correct disorders of these nerves that are often associated with injury, tumors, carpal tunnel syndrome, thoracic outlet syndrome and neurofibromatosis.

Surgery is often the only method to effectively treat these conditions and restore function to the peripheral nerves. It can also improve motor and sensory functions, as well as relieve chronic pain and weakness.

Peripheral nerve surgery can include nerve repair, grafting or transfer and is usually performed up to one year after injury occurs. Although each of these procedures is different depending on the location of the nerve and type of condition, they all aim to be as minimally invasive as possible in order to reduce pain and scarring and preserve healthy nerves and tissue.