Neurosurgical Procedures

Peripheral Nerve Surgery

Peripheral nerve damage typically occurs when nerves get trapped and compressed. When this happens, you may require peripheral nerve surgery.

A neurosurgeon may advise other treatments before surgery such as exercise, physiotherapy and anti-inflammatory medicines such as aspirin, which can resolve these conditions. However, a neurosurgeon may advise surgery if a patient doesn’t respond to non-surgical treatment.

A patient may also require surgery if they experience a complex peripheral nerve injury. This can result from tumours as well as trauma caused by incidents such as motor-vehicle crashes, sports injuries and falls.

What are different types of peripheral nerve surgery?

Common types of peripheral nerve surgery include:

When should a neurosurgeon perform surgery?

A neurosurgeon will conduct a comprehensive assessment to determine whether a patient’s condition needs surgical treatment. This includes analysing your history, performing a physical examination and assessing the risks of an operation. It also means liaising with other medical professionals involved in a patient’s care, such as their GP and physiotherapist.

If a neurosurgeon ascertains that surgery is the most appropriate treatment and depending on how the condition affects a patient, they may engage other surgeons such as plastic and reconstructive surgeons, to perform surgery with them.