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I'm suffering from a trapped lfcn. it looks like i'm going to have surgery. which is the best, decompression or cutting. i've had it 3 yrs now!?

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Dr. Edward Smith
Neurosurgery 54 years experience
Acronyms: Fortunately i know that lfcn means lateral femoral cutaneous nerve, but try to avoid acronyms if at all possible. Cutting a nerve is drastic & usually irreversible. Decompression of a nerve is always the first choice unless the nerve is involved in a malignant tumor. Deprivation of normal sensation can result in a very unpleasant & difficult to treat pain disorder--anesthesia dolorosa.

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Last updated Jan 5, 2019

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