Peripheral Nerve Issues and Procedures
Below is a list of peripheral nerve conditions and treatment options provided by our experienced neurosurgery team.
Common issues we treat
Carpal tunnel syndrome: The median nerve runs down the forearms and controls the broad movements of the hand. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition where the median nerve is put under pressure.
Cubital tunnel syndrome: The cubital tunnel is made of muscle, ligament and bone. It is located on the inside of the elbow, and the ulnar nerve passes through it. Cubital tunnel syndrome is a condition where the ulnar nerve becomes inflamed, swollen and irritated.
Occipital neuralgia: When a nerve is damaged or irritated, a sharp pain follows the path of that nerve. This is called neuralgia. Occipital neuralgia involves the nerves that run through the scalp.
Procedures available at St. Luke’s
Carpal tunnel release surgery: In this surgery, the ligament that is compressing the median nerve is cut to relieve the pressure that causes carpal tunnel syndrome.
Peripheral nerve biopsy: During a biopsy, tissue is removed for examination. During a peripheral nerve biopsy, a small piece of the peripheral nerve is removed.
Ulnar nerve release: In this surgery, the tissue that is compressing the ulnar nerve is cut to relieve the pressure that causes ulnar nerve entrapment.
Ulnar nerve transposition: In this surgery, the ulnar nerve is moved to relieve the pressure that causes cubital tunnel syndrome.
Occipital neurectomy: A neurectomy is a procedure where a nerve is severed or blocked. An occipital neurectomy involves blocking the occipital nerves in the scalp.