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What is the definition or description of: nerve decompression surgery?

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Dr. Matthew Gold
Neurology 47 years experience
Making space.: A nerve is in a tight space may be irritated or damaged, causing pain and/or loss of function (weakness or sensory changes). Surgical decompression aims to make more space for a nerve; relieve the pressure on it. Usual places where this occurs are across certain joints (wrist, elbow, sometimes knee) & as the nerve exits the spinal canal formed by the bones of the spine - arthritis or disks pinch.
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Last updated Mar 9, 2018


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