Peripheral Nerve Surgery

Peripheral nerve surgery is a subspecialty area within Penn State Hershey Neurosurgery that deals with the evaluation and surgical treatment of disorders affecting nerves of the body and extremities. Evaluation begins by taking a history of symptoms from the patient and performing a detailed neurological examination. Depending on the results, additional studies may be required. Electrodiagnostic studies (EMGs) help to determine the ability of the nerve to conduct its electrical signal and can give clues as to the health of the muscles that the nerves of interest supply. Imaging studies may be obtained to look for spine problems or tumors. While there are many non-surgical causes of nerve dysfunction, surgical nerve problems can be divided up into three general categories.

The first category is nerve compression/entrapment. Carpal tunnel syndrome is the most common example of this. Other examples include cubital tunnel syndrome (ulnar nerve compression at the elbow), and peroneal nerve entrapment at the knee.

The second category is nerve tumors. Schwannomas and neurofibromas are examples of benign nerve tumors typically seen. Most patients have a single lesion, but patients with genetic syndromes such as neurofibromatosis, develop multiple nerve tumors over their lifetime.

Nerve injury is the third category of surgically treated nerve problems and may result from a number of types of trauma, including laceration, crush, or stretching of the nerve. Some nerve injuries require surgical treatment while others recover spontaneously. In general, nerve problems may present with pain, numbness, tingling, and/or weakness. As the symptoms in nerve dysfunction are common in other nervous system disorders, neurosurgeons are uniquely qualified to evaluate these problems.

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Hospital Admissions and Billing

While you are a patient at Penn State Hershey, we want to do everything possible to make your surgery and stay convenient and comfortable. If you are scheduled for admission to our hospital, you may want to review the following list of questions about our admissions and billing procedures before you arrive.

Patients are pre-admitted by their surgical coordinator at the outpatient clinic. The coordinator is responsible for obtaining your financial information and scheduling your admission time to Penn State Hershey. He or she can also answer any questions you have about insurance. Additionally, your physician may request some tests to be done before you are admitted. The surgical coordinator or your doctor’s office will arrange for an appointment to have the tests completed on an outpatient basis.

On the day you are scheduled for admission, you will check-in at the Admissions Office, located near the hospital’s main lobby. Patients should make plans for someone to drive them to Penn State Hershey. Parents must accompany patients who are younger than 18 years old. Once you have checked in, a patient services representative will show you to your room where you will be introduced to your nurse and given an admissions information packet. If you were admitted through the Emergency Department, you will be assigned a bed by the operating room. A patient services representative will contact you once you have been assigned your room.

Be prepared to provide your identification, insurance card and any necessary deductible or insurance copayment. If you are admitting a child, you will need to provide the hospital with written consent to provide your child with medical care. Guardians must bring legal proof of guardianship.

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