Nerve Pain After Surgery
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Painful Disorders Program
The Pain Management Center at Massachusetts General Hospital delivers comprehensive, multidisciplinary care for painful disorders including diabetic neuropathy, peripheral nerve injuries, myofascial pain and other musculoskeletal disorders.
The Peripheral Nerve Surgery Program specializes in evaluating, diagnosing and treating patients with peripheral nerve disorders, including peripheral neuropathy, compression neuropathies such as carpal tunnel syndrome, peripheral nerve injuries, painful nerves (neuromas) and nerve tumors.
Peripheral Nerve Surgery Service
The Peripheral Nerve Surgery Service at Massachusetts General Hospital treats peripheral nerve injuries, tumors and other disorders affecting the network of nerves that link the brain and spinal cord to other parts of the body.
What is the condition?
Post-operative pain is common after many different operations, with an incidence of 30-50% depending on the type of surgery. Many individuals with post-operative pain have demonstrable neuropathic causes of pain (i.e. in the distribution of one or more nerve territories). Most operations require incisions through some cutaneous (skin) nerves, which – no matter how small – can cause nerve pain post-operatively.
How is nerve pain after surgery treated?
If post-operative pain is present persistently without another identifiable cause, it may be due to nerve pathology and some patients are candidates for surgical intervention. Typically, post-operative pain resolves over the two to three months following surgical procedures, so additional intervention is not performed for at least three months after initial surgery.
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