Nerve decompression surgery is a technique aimed at relieving pressure on nerve structures, thereby restoring their function and improving the patient's overall condition. Peripheral nerve surgery can be performed on various areas of the body where nerves are susceptible to compression due to anatomical features, trauma, scarring or other factors.

The aim of the operation is to release nerve entrapment (compression or compression) that may be caused by various pathological processes such as sports injuries, overexertion, repetitive trauma or anatomical anomalies. The procedure aims to reduce or completely eliminate pain sensations associated with pressure on nerve structures. This helps restore nerve function and allows patients to return to normal activity and daily activities without painful restrictions.

Basic principles of the method

  1. Identification of the affected nerve.
  2. Assessment of the level of lesion and nerve trunk conduction.

At Illinois Foot & Ankle Clinic, under the direction of leading podiatric surgeon Dr. Alex Yanovskiy, DPM we perform nerve decompression surgery using advanced technology and techniques to provide the most effective and safe treatment possible. Our patients can be assured of the highest level of medical expertise, care and professionalism from our specialists.

Conditions Treated

Nerve decompression can be used to treat many podiatric diseases and syndromes:

  1. Morton's neuroma: a pathological condition characterized by the formation of a nerve tumor between the toes of the foot. Nerve decompression may be necessary to reduce pressure on the nerve and relieve pain.
  2. Flatfoot neuropathy: compression of plantar nerves due to foot deformity; nerve decompression surgery for foot drop can relieve pain, numbness and burning in the foot.
  3. Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome: occurs when the posterior and anterior tibial nerves are compressed on the inside of the foot. Surgery helps to relieve pressure on the nerve structures and reduce pain.
  4. Posterior and anterior tibial nerve contamination syndrome: the condition is characterized by compression of nerves in the ankle or lower leg, resulting in pain, numbness, and other unpleasant symptoms. Ankle decompression surgery can be an effective treatment option.

Illinois Foot & Ankle Clinic offers a wide range of services to treat foot and ankle conditions, including surgery for foot neuropathy, nerve decompression for heel spurs, nail plate nerve (ingrown toenail), nerve compression from overgrown skin (corns and calluses), and scar tissue after injury or surgery.

Treatment Process

Nerve decompression surgery is an outpatient procedure that is usually performed under local anesthesia.

Preparation begins with a consultation with a specialist.

  • The patient consults with a specialist and undergoes a preoperative examination, which may include blood tests, ECG, X-rays. Based on the diagnostic results, the doctor develops an individualized surgery plan, taking into account the peculiarities of each patient and the nature of his or her disease.
  • Prior to surgery, the patient receives preparation instructions, including food and fluid timing (abstain from food and water 6-8 hours prior to the procedure) and instructions on what medications can be taken prior to surgery.

Stages of the operation

  • Anesthesia. Once the patient is prepared for surgery, local or general anesthesia will be offered, depending on the nature of the surgery and the patient's wishes.
  • Access to the nerve. The surgeon makes a small incision in the skin in the area where the compressed nerve is located. Using microsurgical instruments, the doctor carefully frees the nerve from surrounding tissues and structures.
  • Decompression. After carefully freeing the nerve from compressive structures, the surgeon checks the nerve for additional compressions and ensures that the nerve trunk is released as much as possible.
  • In some cases, it may be necessary to perform neurolysis - freeing the nerve from adhesions and scarring.
  • Completion of surgery. Once the nerve decompression is complete, the surgeon carefully closes the wound using techniques that promote rapid healing and minimize scarring.

The duration of the operation depends on the complexity of the case and can range from 30 minutes to 2 hours. The operation can be performed using either an open or less traumatic endoscopic method. After the operation, the patient receives recommendations on wound care and further recovery.

Our team of specialists is always available to support and assist throughout the treatment process, ensuring the comfort and safety of our patients.

Expected Outcomes

After nerve decompression surgery, you can expect:

  • restoration of motor activity, sensitivity and strength in muscles;
  • Reduction or complete disappearance of pain, burning, tingling and numbness.
  • return of normal sensation in the area that was innervated by the compressed nerve.
  • Improved ability to perform daily tasks, increased efficiency, and the ability to engage in sports and other favorite activities.

Recovery time is individualized for each patient and depends on the severity of the disease, how long ago the nerve was compressed, the patient's age, and his or her general state of health. On average, the first results can be felt a few days after surgery. A full recovery may take several months to a year.

The earlier the surgery is performed, the better the chances of a full recovery.

Why Choose Our Clinic?

Illinois Foot & Ankle Clinic is a leading clinic in the treatment of a wide range of foot and ankle conditions.

Benefits of treatment at our clinic:

  • our surgeons have extensive experience in neuropathy surgery;
  • we use state-of-the-art equipment for our operations;
  • we use minimally invasive techniques to shorten surgery time, reduce trauma and speed recovery;
  • we develop an individualized treatment plan for each patient;
  • we create a comfortable environment for our patients, and they return to their normal lifestyle as soon as possible.

Decompression foot nerve surgery near you - Illinois Foot & Ankle Clinic is your path to healthy and beautiful feet!

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