At University Plastic Surgeons, our surgical team offers cutting-edge nerve damage treatments, including microvascular surgery to repair or restore nerve function. This highly-advanced surgical technique could provide you with relief from chronic pain and discomfort or resolve symptoms such as facial palsy or facial paralysis as a result of trauma, illness, failed surgery, or other nerve damage. For your microvascular surgery in Memphis, look no further than our plastic surgeons.
What is microvascular surgery?
Microvascular surgery, or microsurgery, is a highly-advanced surgical technique to repair damaged nerves and blood vessels. To perform this surgery requires specialized surgical tools. An operating room microscope is employed to provide our nerve surgeon with high quality magnification of the small structures in the area to be treated.
With the use of images displayed on a monitor, our microsurgeon uses tiny surgical needles and ultrafine suturing material to repair damaged nerves and blood vessels. These structures may be so small that they are invisible to the eye but affect the function of facial or body muscle motions or healthy blood flow.
Why choose University Plastic Surgeons for peripheral nerve damage treatments?
Our team of specialists at University Plastic Surgeons each serve as faculty members at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine and are among the finest surgeons in America. When suffering from nerve damage, it could not be more important that you have access to the most advanced treatments available. We urge you to contact our clinic to discuss your options for nerve damage, including microvascular surgery.
What should I expect when undergoing microvascular surgery?
The procedure to repair or restore function to nerves and blood vessels will vary, based upon the condition of the individual patient. To perform the surgery, you will be put under general anesthesia. The surgery itself is extremely delicate, requiring intense focus, and may take many hours to complete, based upon the extent of the area requiring nerve repair.
Recovery from the surgery will take time and will include several imaging tests to measure the success of treatment. At University Plastic Surgeons, we ensure our patients are fully educated about what to expect in surgery and recovery and carefully monitor progress and healing once the procedure is complete.
Am I a candidate for microvascular surgery?
If you struggle with nerve pain, discomfort, or have a physical problem related to nerve damage, you may be a candidate for this highly-advanced form of surgery. Just a few of the health conditions that could be successfully treated with microvascular surgery include:
- Chronic nerve pain
- Facial palsy
- Facial paralysis
- Nerve damage after chemotherapy
- Head and neck surgery to restore or improve motion and function
- Hand surgery
- Cubital tunnel syndrome
- Nerve regeneration treatment
Recovery time – what should I expect?
Every patient is unique. Most microvascular procedures are performed with the patient under general anesthesia. Depending upon the goal of the procedure, several different surgeries may be required to achieve the most positive results, with treatment having varying recovery times. Generally, you will be undergoing a complex surgical procedure, and should plan on having a friend or family member to assist you after treatment, and makes plans to rest and recover without stress, which may require about two to four weeks.