BRCA offers nerve decompression surgery as a treatment option for nerve pain, compression and entrapment as part of our long-term care and reconstructive services.

With multidisciplinary surgeons, Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America provides comprehensive and individualized treatment plans that fit your needs to give you the best outcome possible.

What is a compressed nerve?

When pressure or strain is put on a major nerve, it can damage the nerve and create burning pain, numbness, tingling and temperature sensitivity. If a motor nerve is affected, the function may decline or become permanently disabled if not addressed immediately. Nerves are often compressed by local connective tissue, tendons, muscle, fat or bone. Areas most common for nerve compression are the wrist, elbow, knee and ankle but can include other body areas, including the face.

How does nerve decompression help?

Nerve decompression surgery is a minimally invasive operation that involves relieving pressure on the nerve by removing or reducing the obstruction. This procedure involves making an incision at the site of the entrapment and removing or releasing the space-occupying anomalies or surrounding connective tissue, muscle, fat tendon or bone. This removal, in turn, decreases pressure and irritation by allowing the affected nerves more space to function normally.

What outcomes can be expected?

BRCA strives to give each of our patients the best outcome possible. While we cannot guarantee that the nerve decompression surgery will achieve every initiative in your care plan, you can expect to experience some or all of the following:

  • Restored or increased function
  • Alleviated pain, burning or tingling

Who is a candidate for nerve decompression surgery?

Candidates for nerve decompression surgery include those experiencing a compressed nerve from:

  • A congenital or developmental condition
  • An acute injury
  • Post-surgery swelling
  • Space occupying anomalies such as bone growths, cysts, tumors, swollen tendons or other anomalies

Please speak with our team if you want to learn more about nerve decompression or other treatments that can help alleviate nerve pain symptoms.