What is Nerve Decompression?

There are hundreds of nerves located throughout your body, each serving the essential purpose of enabling sensation in the arms, legs, spine and more. This allows you to walk, lift objects, stand upright, and perform all other daily activities. However, a condition known as pinched nerve can limit range of motion, as well as cause overall numbness and/or weakness in the affected area. This is where nerve decompression surgery comes in.

Pinched nerve is a common symptom of a variety of serious conditions, including:

  • Herniated disc / sciatica
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Cubital tunnel syndrome
  • And more.

To help patients better prepare for nerve decompression surgery, we have created a general guide on what to expect during and after the procedure.

How is Nerve Decompression Surgery Performed?

  1. Your orthopedic physician performs a thorough diagnosis to determine the cause of pinched nerve and evaluate your candidacy for nerve decompression surgery.
  2. Under general anesthesia, a small incision is made above the compressed nerve and the soft tissues are moved aside to access it.
  3. A small portion of the bone is removed over the nerve to provide it with adequate space to perform its healthy function.
  4. Once the problem is resolved, the incision is closed with minimal stitching.

Note: Is severe cases, a larger incision is made to access the nerve and correct its positioning, thereby resulting in a more extensive surgical procedure.

What to Expect After Nerve Decompression Surgery

The success rate of nerve decompression has been proven to be over 70%, enabling patients to return to normal activities almost immediately after surgery. Non-invasive surgery patients are typically released from hospital within a few hours and are encouraged to walk soon afterwards. Extensive surgery patients, on the other hand, stay in hospital for 1 to 3 days and are encouraged to avoid strenuous activities for up to 6 weeks.

It is important to remember that every case requiring nerve decompression is different: Your pain management specialist will provide you with detailed discharge instructions throughout the numerous evaluations and consultations before and after surgery to maximize its effects and your recovery rate.

To learn more about nerve decompression surgery, we welcome you to contact Coastal Orthopedics Sports Medicine & Pain Management today. Among our four locations we have two state-of-the-art surgical centers, home to the leading pain management specialists in Sarasota/Bradenton, FL. Call today!