Peripheral Nerve Surgery – patient information to assist informed consent
This RACS patient education pamphlet provides surgical information on peripheral nerve surgery. The topics discussed include:
- Anatomy and physiology of peripheral nerves
- Most common causes of damage to peripheral nerves (including entrapment and compression, acute trauma and tumour)
- Symptoms of damaged peripheral nerves (such as chronic pain, numbness and poor muscle strength)
The nerve syndromes discussed include:
- Perineal nerve syndrome
- Cubital tunnel syndrome
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Thoracic outlet syndrome (or brachial plexus compression)
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome.
This leaflet can be a useful tool for patients as the surgical treatment options are discussed in detail. The surgical procedures described are:
- Nerve transposition
- Nerve repair
- Nerve graft
- Neuroma resection
The benefits, risks and limitations of each procedure are discussed in detail. The possible complications of surgery are listed on page 4 to assist the informed-consent process.
Mi-tec publishes 31 Royal Australasian College of Surgeons patient information brochures. Peripheral nerve surgery is described in plain English to assist the patients’ understanding of health information and to help patients make informed decisions. The RACS patient information brochures are printed in five-colour on high-quality A4 sheets.