Nerve injuries and disorders range widely in their complexity. Injuries to the peripheral nerve system—nerves in the shoulders, arms and legs, for example—number in the hundreds of thousands each year. We offer specialized care by surgeons trained to manage these conditions. Too often, these kinds of injuries are treated by those who are not specifically trained in conditions that affect the peripheral nervous system.

Why Choose Us?

The Washington University Center for Nerve Injury and Paralysis provides treatment for nerve and peripheral nerve injuries and disorders, and offers one of the only nerve transplant programs in the United States. One of the program’s specialists, Susan Mackinnon, MD, performed the world’s first donor nerve transplant, a procedure that can repair nerves in limbs that previously were considered irreparable.

We offer what often are life-changing advanced surgical techniques, including grafting and nerve transfer procedures for severe nerve injuries. Our plastic and reconstructive surgeons work with neurosurgeons, neurologists and therapists to achieve the best outcomes for people who come to us for care.

Conditions We Treat

  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Cervical-level spinal cord injury
  • Quadriplegia
  • Tetraplegia
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Cubital tunnel syndrome
  • Foot drop
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Pain from neuromas or nerve injuries
  • Other peripheral nerve disorders
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Brachial plexus
  • Cumulative trauma disorder
  • Facial palsy
  • Melanoma and sarcoma nerve compression

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Patient Care

What to expect

Because our specialists are trained and experienced in all aspects of nerve surgery, we can offer comprehensive treatments tailored for children and adults. If your condition requires surgical reconstruction, we can talk with you about several types of repair that may be appropriate, including nerve repair, nerve graft, nerve transfer and neurolysis. We will work with you to determine the best options for your specific needs.

Preparing for your visit

Before your first meeting with one of our specialists, we encourage you to spend some time thinking about the goals you want treatment to help you achieve. Make a list of questions you have and concerns about treatment you’d like to discuss, and bring them with you. Your specialist will have lots of questions for you, too, so come prepared to talk about your health history and your current condition. In some situations, it can be helpful to invite a trusted family member or friend to accompany you to your appointment as they may have a perspective that is relevant and valuable—and may be helpful to you in discussions after your appointment as you consider treatment options.

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