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The Peripheral Nerve Surgery Program in the Department of Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital comprises a team that provides innovative surgical and non-surgical treatments for the full spectrum of nerve problems, including peripheral nerve injuries, nerve compression, painful nerves (neuromas) and other peripheral nerve disorders. We collaborate with many other specialties at Mass General to provide comprehensive care to our patients. Our patients travel from the Boston area, New England region and across the United States to receive specialized care with peripheral nerve disorders.
At Mass General, we have comprehensive treatment for many nerve problems, including:
There are many patients for whom non-surgical techniques such as splinting, diagnostic and therapeutic injections and occupational/physical therapy may be effective. For patients who are candidates for operative treatment, this may involve:
Our team treats a wide range of patients, including those who have experienced long-term, chronic symptoms and have been evaluated by other providers. During your consultation, our surgeons will review your history including the beginning of your symptoms, prior treatments and goals for care. During this visit, previous imaging will be reviewed, and in-office ultrasound may be performed to further evaluate the anatomy of your nerve problem. Our team will discuss your treatment options, including both surgical and non-surgical treatments. If surgery is indicated, it is commonly performed on an outpatient basis. Complex cases sometimes require a brief hospital stay. Recovery for peripheral nerve problems is often gradual and occurs over time, with slow, progressive improvement over months to years after surgery. Physical and/or occupational therapy are often required for improvement in range of motion and strength. Our providers perform innovative research with leading-edge technology, in an effort to move the field of peripheral nerve surgery forward and improve outcomes for our patients.
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Pain following amputation in the arms or legs is unfortunately very common and affects up to 50% of patients who undergo such amputations.
The brachial plexus is a group of nerves emerging from the cervical/thoracic spinal cord (located in the neck and shoulder) that provide sensation and motor function to the entire upper body. Injuries to these nerves can be caused by transection, stretch or compressive injury and may result in dysfunction of the upper body.
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.
Cubital tunnel syndrome feels similar to the pain that occurs from hitting the "funny" bone in your elbow. The "funny" bone in the elbow is actually the ulnar nerve, a nerve that crosses the elbow (the ulnar nerve begins in the side of the neck and ends in the fingers).
Diabetic neuropathy, a nerve disorder, is a complication of diabetes that can lead to problems throughout the body.
Some individuals develop pain or numbness with strenuous physical activity, which may be related to nerve compression or exertional compartment syndrome. This is most common in the legs.
Hernia repair is one of the most common surgical procedures undergone in the United States. It is usually successful, but some patients experience persistent pain after surgery.
Many individuals with post-operative pain have demonstrable neuropathic causes of pain (i.e. in the distribution of one or more nerve territories).
Nerve pain following injury is very common. Many patients with chronic pain following trauma have recognized or unrecognized nerve injuries.
A neuroma is a disorganized growth of nerve cells at the site of a nerve injury. A neuroma occurs after a nerve is partially or completely disrupted by an injury — either due to a cut, a crush or an excessive stretch
Numbness, tingling or burning sensations are often related to peripheral nerve problems.
Piriformis syndrome results in pain in the hip and buttock which radiates down the back of the thigh. It is the result of sciatic nerve compression at the level of the piriformis muscle located in the buttock region, which can cause nerve pain.
Radial tunnel syndrome is caused by compression of the radial nerve near the elbow and can cause pain near the outside of the elbow (lateral epicondyle) and back of the forearm (dorsal forearm).
Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) is an uncommon disorder that results from compression or irritation of the nerves and/or blood vessels in the base of the neck underneath the collarbone.
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Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Wang Ambulatory Care Center 435
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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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