Nerve injuries or defects are the result of trauma, work-related injuries, removal due to adjacent cancers, or even congenital. It involves a strong knowledge of nerve and other soft tissue anatomy and an understanding of the physiology of nerve tissue. It often requires microsurgical skills and other specialized techniques. Dr. Vasquez has extensive training in the evaluation and treatment of these specific problems.
What is Peripheral Nerve Reconstruction?
The peripheral nervous system is a complex network of motor and sensory nerves that control sensation, movement, and coordination. Certain conditions and injuries can affect the peripheral nerves and impact the central nervous system’s ability to communicate with the rest of the body. Peripheral nerve reconstruction works to correct these problems using a variety of available approaches and techniques. Dr. Vasquez is highly experienced in peripheral nerve reconstruction to restore normal function of the system. His scope of treatment includes:
- repair of acute nerve injuries due to laceration, crush injury, gunshot or penetrating injuries, or as a result of cancer excision.
- treatment of the complications of other surgeries such as the treatment of neuromas or iatrogenic injuries
- repair of subacute or chronic nerve injuries, including severe compression syndromes, injury from compartment syndromes, nerve injury due to circulation problems, or cancer-related nerve injury
Who can Benefit from Peripheral Nerve Reconstruction?
Those who have experienced injury, trauma, or other complications to the nerves can benefit from peripheral nerve reconstruction. Symptoms of nerve damage include:
- pain and sensitivity
- muscle weakness
- burning or stinging
How is Peripheral Nerve Reconstruction Performed?
Surgical peripheral nerve reconstruction is performed under general anesthesia for patient comfort. An incision is then made over the location of the damaged nerve, often an extremity. Once access to the nerve is created, Dr. Vasquez will use the appropriate techniques to repair the nerves. The incision is then closed and dressed.