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Decompression and neurolysis of nerves

Our leading surgeons carry out this complex procedure at our peripheral nerve unit, relieving pain and numbness

About

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

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.

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.

There are many causes of peripheral nerve damage. Traumatic impact, infections, hereditary and autoimmune conditions, metabolic causes and diabetes are all common factors.

Need to know

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    This procedure happens under general anaesthetic, so you'll be asleep throughout. The surgeon will then use a special surgical microscopic loop to examine the area. Once the compressed nerve is found the they will cut any tight bands of ligaments or tissues pressing on the nerve (neurolysis) to relieve pressure. The nerve is left alone to regain function.
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    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.
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    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 now 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.
Consultant in theatres

Our consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

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

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We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

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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