IF YOU CAN IDENTIFY THE NERVES CAUSING THE PROBLEM, HOW DO YOU FIX THEM?
Once the nerve or nerves causing the problem have been correctly identified, an outpatient surgical procedure can be performed to remove the mechanical compression causing the nerve irritation. This procedure is performed by making an incision through the skin, identifying the involved nerves as well as the relevant compression points and removing any of the latter. In some situations, if the nerves are too damaged, they are actually transected, but ideally only in areas where very little loss of sensation would occur. The proximal nerve end is subsequently buried in the local musculature to hopefully prevent future neuroma formation. In many of these cases, patients often never know that a nerve has actually been cut.