At BayCare Clinic, peripheral nerve surgery is a multidisciplinary specialty, focused on the diagnosis and treatment of peripheral nerve problems. Our goal is to maximize function and minimize pain. The nervous system consists of central or peripheral nervous systems. Peripheral nerves are cord-like structures containing bundles of nerve fibers that carry information between various regions of the body and the spinal cord.
Peripheral Nerve Injury
Peripheral nerve disorders can be uncomfortable, painful, and even disabling. Fortunately, peripheral nerves can regenerate or repair themselves with medical assistance. Even peripheral nerves that have been completely severed can regenerate or repair themselves to varying degrees. When a peripheral nerve is cut, the segments of the nerve furthest away from the spinal cord begin to die first. But when the nerve is repaired, regrowth begins from the area closest to the spinal cord. Peripheral nerve fibers regrow at a rate of about 1 millimeter per day, or 1 inch per month.
Until the nerve segments regrow, the muscles in the affected area will be paralyzed and can atrophy. When dealing with a peripheral nerve injury, patients must remember that the healing process can take a long time.
Patients who have undergone complex peripheral nerve surgery may not see signs of recovery for a year or more. It is critical that patients continue to participate in any prescribed exercises so that the muscles will be ready once the nerves regrow.
Nerve Surgery Specialists
The peripheral nerve surgery specialists at BayCare Clinic offer the finest neurological treatment for nerve repair surgeries, including:
- Brachial plexus injury
- Carpal tunnel
- Nerve compressions and entrapments
- Nerve injuries
- Nerve tumors
Some nerve conditions can be treated with medication. But many nerve conditions require neurosurgery. The most common nerve conditions that can be treated with peripheral nerve surgery include carpal tunnel disease, peroneal nerve entrapment, trauma, and tumors.