Nerve release and nerve transfer procedures are used to relieve nerve compression and to restore function and feeling to a limb, respectively. Nerve compression can occur when muscles or connective tissue (fascia) become tighter than usual, from swelling or inflammation, and squeeze the nerve. You may feel tingling, numbness, pain or even paralysis. Nerve release surgery is useful for carpal tunnel syndrome and other compression injuries such as cubital tunnel syndrome and tarsal tunnel syndrome. If not treated, compression injuries can eventually damage a nerve.
During nerve release surgery, Mr Kode cuts the constricting muscle or fascia band, or removes the cause of compression on the nerve. You should notice immediate relief of symptoms, but full recovery may take several months. In a nerve transfer, a nerve from a less important muscle is moved to a more important muscle to restore function. Mr Kode uses functioning nerves close to the injured muscle or sensory area and transfers them, connecting them to the injured site. Motor (movement) nerves are used to restore muscle function, while sensory nerves are used to restore sensation. The transferred nerve then takes over that function, but this may involve some rehabilitation treatment, as you may need to train your brain to use the new nerve pathway. In general, this technique of using a nearby nerve source offers faster recovery.
Mr Kode and his team at the Launceston Plastic Surgery Unit will assist you with your surgical needs. Please contact us to book an appointment.