What Is Peripheral Nerve Surgery?

Peripheral Nerve Surgery

What Is Peripheral Nerve Surgery?

Peripheral nerves transmit sensory information, including touch, pain and temperature, into the central nervous system, located in the brain and spinal cord. The peripheral nerves control the muscles, allowing you to perform voluntary actions, such as speaking, eating, writing, typing and playing sports.

Damage to peripheral nerves can result in a change or loss of sensation, weakness or paralysis. The change in sensation and strength depends on which peripheral nerve(s) are involved as well as the type and location of peripheral nerve problem. Peripheral nerve surgery may be recommended to treat a variety of peripheral nerve problems as well as other neurological conditions, including:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Thoracic outlet
  • Pyriformis
  • Supinator and pronator teres syndromes 
  • Meralgia paresthetica
  • Peripheral nerve tumors
  • Schwannomas
  • Neurofibromas
  • Ganglian cysts
  • Traumatic peripheral nerve injuries
  • Neuropathic and myopathic diseases

The Peripheral Nerve Surgery Program
The Peripheral Nerve Surgery Program diagnoses and treats patients with a variety of peripheral nerve problems.

The Peripheral Nerve Surgery Program uses state-of-the-art resources to diagnose and treat peripheral nerve problems. Resources include:

  • High-resolution MRI
  • Ultrasound and Doppler imaging
  • Neurological evaluation with electrodiagnostic studies
  • Intraoperative electrophysiological monitoring
  • Neuropathology
  • Rehabilitation

The Peripheral Nerve Surgery Program treats:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Supinator and pronator teres syndromes
  • Meralgia paresthetica
  • Peripheral nerve tumors
  • Schwannomas
  • Neurofibromas
  • Ganglian cysts
  • Traumatic peripheral nerve injuries
  • Neuropathic and myopathic diseases

Appointments
To schedule an appointment with the Functional Neurosurgery Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, please call 312.695.8143. New patients can request an appointment online.

Northwestern Medicine Spine Center
The Northwestern Medicine Spine Center uses the very latest surgical techniques to treat acute and chronic spinal disorders.

By making use of leading-edge techniques and technology, regenerative- and nanotechnology-based bone graft substitutes, computer-navigated surgery, minimally-invasive spine surgery and stereotactic radiosurgery, the Spine Center offers programs for the management of:

  • Spinal deformity
  • Spine oncology
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Failed neck or back surgery syndrome
  • Peripheral nerve compression syndromes
  • Peripheral nerve injuries
  • Rheumatologic disorders of the spine
  • Spinal fractures and other traumatic injuries
  • Work-related injuries
  • Sports-related back and neck injuries

Our specialists direct the course of treatment and management of routine disorders of the spine. The Northwestern Memorial Spine Center works with the departments of:

  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Neurological Surgery

It also works with the divisions of:

  • Neuroradiology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Musculoskeletal Radiology

This provides a truly interdisciplinary approach to managing diseases of the spine.

The board-certified neurologists at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital are trained in the diagnosis and treatment of nervous system disorders, including diseases of the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles. They diagnose and treat patients with a full range of neurological disorders, including muscular dystrophy.

Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital Movement Disorders and Neurodegenerative Diseases Center
Your movement matters—at home, at work, even while doing the common tasks that everyone can take for granted. If you have a movement disorder, you deserve a level of care that can get you back to doing the things you love, with confidence and peace of mind.

The Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital Movement Disorders and Neurodegenerative Diseases Center uses an interdisciplinary team approach to provide individualized care that optimizes your treatment, outcomes and experience. Your care is provided by a focused and experienced team that includes specially trained neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists, nurses, counselors and rehabilitative specialists who offer advanced treatment options and access to support and resources.

The Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Program at the Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital campus is among the busiest DBS programs in the country. If DBS is determined to be appropriate for a patient, a dedicated team of experienced neurologists, neurosurgeons, neurophysiologists, neuropsychologists and specialized nurses combine efforts in order to achieve an optimal outcome for each patient.

For more information, please contact us at 630.933.4056.