Peripheral Nerve Surgery: Long-Term Solutions For Chronic Pain
If you are seeking permanent relief from chronic pain and/or numbness, peripheral nerve surgery performed by Dr. Karan Chopra may be the treatment that finally allows you to resume a more active and pain-free life. Many patients suffer from chronic pain and changes in sensation after accidents, trauma, sports injuries, or previous surgery. For those struggling with painful symptoms even after trying medications and physical therapy, Dr. Chopra is among the few plastic surgeons in this region who perform peripheral nerve surgery. He specializes in head-to-toe procedures to alleviate chronic pain and can help you start enjoying a healthier, more comfortable quality of life.
Dr. Karan Chopra is one of the top peripheral nerve surgeons in the Twin Cities. With offices in Edina and Burnsville, a consultation at our Minneapolis practice can allow Dr. Chopra to assess your symptoms and recommend the best possible treatment plan for your needs.
What is Peripheral Nerve Surgery?
Peripheral nerve surgery is designed to address the nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord, such as those in the face, arms, legs, and torso. When these peripheral nerves are damaged, patients can experience chronic pain that is difficult to diagnose and treat without surgery. A peripheral nerve procedure can be a very successful long-term solution to repair injured nerves and alleviate pain in patients who have found limited or temporary success with medications and alternative therapies. In many cases, peripheral nerve surgery can be performed through relatively small incisions during an outpatient procedure.
Why Choose Dr. Chopra For Peripheral Nerve Surgery?
With his distinguished background in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Chopra is uniquely qualified to perform peripheral nerve surgery. While working at the prestigious institution, Dr. Chopra trained under Dr. A. Lee Dellon—a pioneer in the field and head of the internationally respected Dellon Institutes for Peripheral Nerve Surgery. Dr. Chopra has carried the knowledge gained under Dr. Dellon’s instruction to Minneapolis, and he is happy to offer peripheral nerve surgery as a potential treatment option to manage pain.
Dr. Chopra frequently works with athletes who have been injured and require nerve intervention treatments before playing sports again. He and his team provide a tailored approach to the surgical management of neuropathic pain. Dr. Chopra’s one-on-one approach in getting to know all of his patients not only helps him obtain a correct diagnosis, but also improves the chances of successful treatment. In addition to his practical experience, Dr. Chopra has also written about the subject and contributed to an edition of the Atlas of Surgical Techniques that was dedicated to peripheral nerve surgery.
What Conditions Can Be Treated with Peripheral Nerve Surgery?
Dr. Chopra focuses on treating patients with chronic pain or numbness due to diabetic neuropathy, chemotherapy treatments, trauma, or surgery. Among the different painful conditions that Dr. Chopra can address include:
- Chronic headache, including occipital neuralgia
- Migraine trigger point release
- Chronic knee pain after joint replacement
- Shoulder and ankle pain following reconstructive surgery
- Pain after mastectomy or breast reconstruction
- Pain after hernia repair
- Pain after C-section deliveries
- Facial pain after cosmetic surgery
- Neuropathy related to diabetes
If you are dealing with severe pain and are unsure of the cause, a nerve problem could be the culprit. Dr. Chopra will review your medical history and conduct any required tests to make a proper diagnosis. He can then recommend a customized peripheral nerve surgery plan that’s right for you.
Treatment Options For Chronic Pain
Chronic pain after a knee procedure can be nerve-related if you’re experiencing unusual motor function or lasting discomfort that persists for six months after your initial surgery. While we understand how debilitating pain in the knees and lower extremities can be, there is hope—Dr. Chopra can formulate a treatment plan to determine whether your painful symptoms are neuropathic in nature, and address the potential nerve damage accordingly.
Head and Neck Pain
If you’re suffering from lasting migraines or sharp-shooting pain in the back of the head/neck, your symptoms may be caused by inflamed, injured, or compressed nerves. Dr. Chopra may be able to help you reduce the severity, frequency, and duration of chronic migraines while allowing you to better manage your painful symptoms. Depending on your needs, an array of personalized treatment options can be used to address compromised nerves, including migraine surgery and nerve decompression.
How is Peripheral Nerve Surgery Performed?
While every procedure is different, common approaches to peripheral nerve surgery include decreasing pressure on the affected nerves and/or dividing and rerouting nerves above the injury site. This can often minimize or completely eliminate pain in the affected area(s).* In some cases where a nerve is divided and rerouted, localized numbness may replace sensations of pain—Dr. Chopra will discuss this possibility with you if it is applicable to your treatment. Peripheral nerve surgery can often be performed on an outpatient basis, meaning you will be able to return home and recover on the same day as your operation.
*Disclaimer: We do not guarantee any specific results or outcomes for surgery, should our practice work on your behalf. Information on this website may be used as a reference for successes we have achieved with our patients, but is not intended to be an assurance or guarantee for similar results in all cases.
If you are struggling with chronic pain, peripheral nerve surgery may be able to help you live a pain-free life again. Don’t hesitate to contact our office to schedule an appointment for a consultation.