Patient-guided peripheral nerve exploration for the management of chronic localized pain

Jason M. Souza*, Ake N. Nystrom, Gregory Ara Dumanian

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Abstract

This technique represents a surgical adjunct for the management of chronic, localized pain in patients who continue to have pain despite exhaustive prior evaluation and treatment. The patient-guided approach was used in 10 patients referred with "intractable pain" and yielded good to excellent results in all but one patient. When applied selectively to cases with significantly distorted anatomy or previous failed interventions, this simple technique can minimize dissection and unnecessary resection, while offering relief to a patient population otherwise resigned to a life with chronic pain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)221-225
Number of pages5
JournalPlastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Volume129
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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