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The peripheral nerve system is complex and vital network of nerves in the body, outside the nerve systems in the brain and spinal cord. When healthy and functioning properly, much of this nerve system is voluntary – under your control. You decide to move, and the nerves send the signals from your brain to the body part. The instructions from the brain control your muscle motions and joints. Some sections of the system under automatic control by the brain, performing functions you don’t think about, such as digestion, controlling body temperature and other vital functions.

Nerve damage symptoms

The symptoms associated with nerve damage can include:

  • A prickling sensation
  • Tingling
  • Sharp pains
  • Throbbing
  • Sensation of freezing or burning
  • Facial paralysis, facial palsy
  • Pressure sensation
  • Numbness
  • Buzzing or shock sensation
  • Blood pressure drops
  • Excessive sweating

Diagnosis and treatment for nerve damage at University Plastic Surgeons in Memphis

When some area of the peripheral nerve system is damaged, the damaged cells have the capacity to regenerate, and then be recovered with myelin. These cells are unable to fully restore the nerves after certain types of damage. Peripheral nerve damage can be treated at University Plastic Surgeons, where we offer microsurgical techniques to repair nerve injuries. These treatments can be performed to bring pain relief, or resolve nerve damage from:

  • Trauma
  • Surgical errors
  • Diabetes
  • Chemotherapy
  • Arthritis
  • Facial paralysis
  • Facial palsy
  • Sciatic nerve damage (foot drop)

Microvascular surgery for peripheral nerve damage

Microvascular surgery, or microsurgery, is an advanced field in which damaged blood vessels and nerves are restored to a healthier function. The process involves the use of state-of-the-art equipment, including microscope and specialized instruments. The use of tiny needles and ultrafine sutures is used to repair blood vessels so small they are invisible to the human eye. Some of the surgical techniques used in repairing nerve damage include:

  • Blood vessel repair
  • Vein grafting
  • Nerve repair
  • Nerve grafting
  • Tissue transfer techniques
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