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. Non-surgical treatments, including exercise, physiotherapy and anti-inflammatory medicines such as aspirin, can resolve some peripheral nerve damage. However, a neurosurgeon may recommend surgery if a patient doesn’t respond to non-surgical treatment.

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

What are the different types of peripheral nerve surgery?

Common types of surgery involving the peripheral nerves include:

When should a neurosurgeon perform surgery?

A neurosurgeon will conduct a comprehensive assessment to determine whether a patient 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 your care, such as your GP and physiotherapist.

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