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Located within a world-renowned academic medical center, the Peripheral Nerve Surgery Program offers innovative noninvasive and surgical treatments for the full spectrum of peripheral nerve disorders.
As part of our approach to care, we collaborate with a variety of subspecialists, including the Department of Orthopaedics, neurosurgeons, neurologists and anesthesiologists. Our highly trained dedicated plastic and reconstructive surgery nurse practitioners also work with patients to answer questions and assist with aftercare.
We treat the full range of peripheral nerve disorders, including peripheral neuropathy, compression neuropathies such as carpal tunnel syndrome, peripheral nerve injuries, neuromas and nerve tumors.
When surgery is required, we may incorporate traditional surgical techniques such as:
We are also experienced in leading-edge reconstructive procedures that may produce better outcomes in terms of movement and sensation:
Peripheral nerve disorders can be difficult to identify and treat. Many patients who come to our program have experienced long-term symptoms and undergone unsuccessful treatments or no treatment at all.
During your consultation, the surgeon will review your medical history and treatment goals. Treatment options, including risks and benefits, will be discussed in detail. Photos may also be necessary. We also ask that you bring a list of medications, vitamins and herbal supplements that you take, along with information on dosages.
The surgeon will work with you to develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your condition, goals for treatment and personal preferences. Certain peripheral nerve disorders (e.g., compression neuropathies) may respond to nonsurgical approaches such as medication or physical or occupational therapy.
We may share before-and-after photos to demonstrate the benefits of various surgical options. Our goal is to give you a realistic picture of what to expect so that you can make an informed decision. We also review what's involved in any surgery, including:
Surgery for peripheral nerve disorders is frequently performed on an outpatient basis. The most complex cases typically require no more than two days in the hospital. Recovery is gradual, and our physicians continually monitor for improved muscle tone and function, along with return of sensation.
Physical and occupational therapy plays a role both before surgery (to keep joints and extremities mobile) and after surgery (to enhance recovery). Our physicians view postsurgical motor and sensory retraining to achieve better movement and feeling in the hand as it recovers as a particularly important component in the overall recovery process.
Our experts perform leading research in the field of peripheral nerve surgery. Specific areas of study include:
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Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition in which the median nerve is compressed as it passes through an opening from the wrist to the hand called the carpal tunnel.
Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Wang Ambulatory Care Center 435
We are also located at:
Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care 102 Endicott Street Danvers, MA 01923
The Mass General Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is located in the Wang Ambulatory Care Center at 15 Parkman St. Parking is available in the Parkman St. and nearby Fruit St. and Yawkey Center garages. Please note that some GPS systems do not recognize the 15 Parkman St. address. If you use a GPS system to drive to Mass General, enter Blossom St. as your destination, and then turn onto Parkman directly from Blossom.
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