Peripheral nerve release

Nerve decompression surgery

Peripheral nerve release can relieve pain or numbness in your hands, arms, legs or feet caused by pinched nerves

About nerve release surgery

Peripheral nerves run from your central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) to control movement and sensation in your muscles and limbs. If a nerve becomes pinched due to an injury or condition, it can cause pain, tingling or a lack of sensation. A surgical procedure can relieve these symptoms.

Need to know

  • What happens during a nerve release surgery? icon plus

    Your procedure will depend on the cause and type of peripheral nerve condition you have. Common procedures include:

    • ulnar decompression (elbow)
    • peroneal decompression (knee)
    • median nerve decompression (wrist) — also known as carpal tunnel surgery.

    Surgery involves releasing the pinched nerve from the surrounding tissue that's compressing it. This can often be done as a minimally invasive procedure, which can offer instant relief and a faster recovery. Your consultant will recommend the best approach for you.

    Surgery may be done using local or general anaesthetic, depending on the area and complexity of the procedure.

  • How to prepare for surgery icon plus

    Your consultant will explain the procedure to you and answer any questions you may have. They'll let you know what you need to do to prepare, including how long you may need to avoid eating or drinking beforehand.

    Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you.
  • After surgery icon plus

    Depending on the procedure you've had, you may need to be cared for in hospital overnight. Your consultant will let you know what to expect. It can take a couple of months to fully recover from peripheral nerve release surgery.

    Your consultant may recommend physiotherapy exercises to help rebuild your strength and range of movement. They'll also let you know when you can get back to your usual routine, including work or exercise.

Our nerve specialists

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

Paying for medical treatment

You don’t need health insurance to have fast access to our top consultants, extensive range of treatments, diagnostic tests and surgical procedures at our world-class facilities.

Our locations

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

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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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