Evaluation of the patient with postoperative peripheral nerve issues

Maksim A. Shlykov, Katherine M. Velicki, Christopher J. Dy

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Iatrogenic peripheral nerve injuries in orthopedic surgery can result from direct nerve injury during surgery or indirect injury through compression, stretch, or thermal damage. The mechanism, type, and time to diagnosis of a nerve injury shape prognosis and treatment options. Orthopedic surgeons must understand the evaluation and treatment options for iatrogenic peripheral nerve injuries and promptly refer patients for evaluation by a peripheral nerve expert to maximize the opportunity for restoration of function. While sharply transected nerves can be repaired immediately, many injuries require advanced techniques including neurolysis, nerve transfer, nerve grafting, and distal decompression.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPeripheral Nerve Issues after Orthopedic Surgery
Subtitle of host publicationA Multidisciplinary Approach to Prevention, Evaluation and Treatment
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9783030844288
ISBN (Print)9783030844271
StatePublished - Nov 15 2021


  • Distal decompression
  • Double crush syndrome
  • Nerve grafting
  • Nerve injury
  • Nerve repair
  • Nerve transfer
  • Neurolysis


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