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What are nerve entrapments?

What are nerve entrapments?

A nerve entrapment is when a nerve becomes compressed between two other structures, often a ligament or bone. This can cause numbness, tingling, weakness, or a burning sensation. The nerve can be compressed after a traumatic injury that causes bone displacement or swelling. Other causes can include tumors, cysts, or arthritis.

What are the most common types of nerve entrapments?

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

  • Cubital tunnel syndrome

  • Sciatica

  • Peroneal nerve entrapment

Dallas hand surgeon treats nerve entrapment.

When do nerve entrapments require surgery?

Nerve entrapments require surgery when they do not improve with conservative measures, and cause muscle wasting or loss of function.  Dr. Azouz will start with a physical exam to assess the nerve entrapment. He may look for Tinel’s sign may indicate carpal tunnel syndrome or cubital tunnel syndrome.  X-ray imaging may also be required if the nerve entrapment is due to a mass or fracture. 

How are surgeries for nerve entrapment performed?

Dr. Azouz can perform a nerve decompression to relieve the pressure on the nerve. He will remove any tissues that are compressing the nerve.

What is the anesthesia for nerve entrapment surgery?

Dr. Azouz will use sedation with local anesthesia for the majority of hand surgeries. Patients are given sedative medications to help them relax into a deep sleep. Dr. Azouz will then inject an axillary block which numbs the arm and helps with pain for up to 24 hours after the procedure. 

What is the recovery from a nerve entrapment surgery?

Dr. Azouz will place a splint after the procedure to help the affected area heal. Recovery can vary depending on the procedure. Therapy may be recommended to help regain range of motion and strength. Most patients can return to their heavy exercise activities in 4-6 weeks. 

What is the cost of a nerve entrapment surgery?

The cost of surgery ranges broadly. Dr. Azouz will obtain a medical history and perform a physical examination to help determine the cost. If a nerve entrapment is associated with a work-related injury, workers’ compensation carriers can cover surgical costs.

Cubital tunner surgery performed by Dr. David and Solomon Azouz

Call hand surgeon Dr. Azouz in Dallas today if you have nerve entrapment in the hand and/or carpal tunnel syndrome. 

We would love to help you at 972-702-8888.