Decompression and neurolysis of nerves

Surgery to release trapped peripheral nerves, relieving pain and numbness

Our leading nerve specialists carry out this complex procedure at the Peripheral Nerve Unit

About nerve decompression surgery

Peripheral nerves serve the upper and lower parts of your body. Carpal tunnel syndrome (trapped nerve in the wrist) is a common example in the upper body and tarsal tunnel (trapped nerve in the ankle) is an example of the lower body.

There are many causes of peripheral nerve damage. Traumatic impact, infections, hereditary and autoimmune conditions, metabolic causes and diabetes are all common factors. When they become trapped, you can feel numbness, pain, muscle weakness, sensitivity to touch and even burning sensations. If motor nerves are affected, you may experience paralysis. These symptoms can be short-term or chronic, depending on the cause.

This nerve procedure aims to relieve the pressure of a trapped peripheral nerve (neuropathy).

Need to know

  • What happens during nerve decompression? icon plus

    This procedure happens under general anaesthetic, so you'll be asleep throughout. Your surgeon will use a special surgical microscopic loop to examine the affected area. Once the compressed nerve is found they will cut any tight bands of ligaments or tissues pressing on the nerve (neurolysis) to relieve pressure. The nerve is then left alone to regain function.
  • How to prepare for nerve decompression surgery icon plus

    Your consultant will explain the procedure to you and answer any questions you may have. Because you'll be having general anaesthetic, they'll let you know how long you should avoid eating and drinking before surgery. Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you.
  • After your surgery icon plus

    After a few hours of rest, you should be able to go home the same day. If the procedure was performed after trauma, this may be longer. Your consultant will let you know when you can get back to your usual routine, including work or exercise.

    As nerve fibres grow back slowly, you may only feel the benefits of this procedure after some time. If the nerve damage is severe, you may not regain full function. Your consultant will answer any questions you may have.

Our nerve specialist consultants

We're proud to work with the leading experts in nerve damage and peripheral nerve injuries, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our locations

From complex nerve surgery to tests and diagnostic procedures, we provide exceptional peripheral nerve care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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Our team can help with any enquiries or you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

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020 7079 4344
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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