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Your body has 2 nervous systems your central nervous system (CNS) which includes your brain and spinal cord, and your peripheral nervous system which includes all nerves outside these areas. Your peripheral nervous system sends signals to your limbs enabling movement. It also controls the areas of your body that function automatically such as your breathing, digesting food and organ function.

Why you might need it

If you’re experiencing numbness, pins and needles, or pain then you may be experiencing nerve injury or compression (a trapped nerve) of a peripheral nerve.

Unlike your central nervous system, your peripheral nervous system is not protected by bone, therefore, leaving it exposed to injury or toxins (poisons). Peripheral nerve surgery may involve decompression (release) of the trapped or damaged nerve or removal of the nerve.

Your Consultation

You will have a consultation with a healthcare professional, during which you can discuss your symptoms, your medical history and ask any questions that you may have.

Your consultant will discuss the procedure with you so you know exactly what to expect. Your consultant may also discuss if any further diagnostic tests may be needed, such as a blood test or scan, with you.

We understand that this can be a daunting time so our friendly and caring team will be sure to put you at rest and make your experience with us, as comfortable as possible.

The Procedure

Peripheral nerve decompression surgery involves the division or removal of the elements that compress on the nerves. Reversing the symptoms of numbness and tingling associated with diabetic neuropathy.

Recovery/Aftercare

Following the procedure, you will be taken to a recovery room to recuperate until you are ready to go home, once you are fully recovered from the anaesthesia.

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Our dedicated team will still be there for you during each step of your recovery, even once you have left the hospital if you have any queries or concerns. Our consultants will usually book a follow-up appointment with you before you are discharged from hospital, to see how you are doing.

Whilst it is rare occurrence, surgery does carry a risk of complications. These depend on the type of operation you have as well as a variety of other factors such as your overall general health. During your consultation/s your consultant will discuss the possible risks and complications of having this procedure, and how they may apply to you, and answer any concerns or questions you have.

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