Patient outcome after common peroneal nerve decompression

Douglas B. Humphreys, Christine B. Novak, Susan E. Mackinnon

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Object. This study examines common peroneal nerve decompression and its effect on nerve function. Methods. Fifty-one peroneal nerve decompressions were retrospectively reviewed. All patients were evaluated preoperatively and postoperatively for motor and sensory function of the peroneal nerve as well as for pain. Results. Postoperatively, 40 (83%) of 48 patients who had preoperative motor weakness had improvement in motor function. Likewise, 23 (49%) of 47 patients who had sensory disturbances and 26 (84%) of 31 patients who had preoperative pain improved after surgical decompression of the peroneal nerve. Conclusions. Common peroneal nerve decompression is a useful procedure to improve sensation and strength as well as to decrease pain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)314-318
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of neurosurgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 1 2007


  • Common peroneal nerve
  • Compression neuropathy
  • Decompression
  • Outcome

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