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Peripheral Nerve Surgery

Peripheral nerve injuries can be caused by ongoing chronic conditions or acute injuries. Many injuries can be treated with physical or occupational therapy, but some injuries may need surgery to restore sensation or motor function, or reduce pain. 

Our Capabilities

At UC Health, our nerve surgery subspecialists are fellowship-trained hand surgeons that have experience with highly advanced surgical and nonsurgical techniques.

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To schedule an appointment, please call the UC Health Comprehesive Stroke team at 866-941-8264.

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Answers to Your Peripheral Nerve Surgery Questions

Peripheral nerve surgery is ideally performed as soon as possible after the injury occurs (within a week or two) to increase the chance of a full recovery. 

During surgery, a severed nerve will be treated by reattaching it to the other end of the nerve. Sometimes, a nerve graft may be required as well.

Common conditions that can be treated with peripheral nerve surgery include: nerve compression syndromes (carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, radial tunnel, pronator syndrome, tarsal tunnel syndrome, peroneal neuropathy), brachial plexus injuries, nerve pain syndromes, acute nerve lacerations, nerve tumors, thoracic outlet syndrome, amputation stump pain (phantom limb pain) and targeted muscle reinnervation.

For patients with nerve injuries, this procedure can help restore sensation, regain motor function and reduce pain.

There is a long recovery time following peripheral nerve surgery, sometimes months or even up to a year or two, as the nerves need to recover and regrow.  

Patients can typically return to work and daily activities about two weeks after the procedure, but it still takes months to heal completely, and the nerve will likely never recover 100%.

Why UC Health

Experience and Expertise

Award-Winning Care

UC Health has been recognized by the International Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand as a Pioneer of Hand Surgery. This award honors those who have gone above and beyond what is normally expected in the field of hand surgery.

Deep Experience

Our nerve surgery subspecialists treat more than 1,000 patients per year. We work closely with hand therapists and occupational therapists to provide a seamless treatment program for patients to help restore strength and movement and reduce pain throughout the recovery process.

Collaborative Care

We work with plastic surgery, orthopaedic surgery, hand surgery, neurosurgery, neurology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, occupational therapy, physical therapy and pain management experts to provide the most comprehensive care available.

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Referring Physicians: Success and Provider Toolbox

We are committed to providing optimal care to your patient and open communication with you. We understand that as a referring physician, you need to be kept informed on your patient’s progress. That’s why we set up a toolbox to share detailed information about your patient’s health with you.

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