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A 35-year-old male asked:

If during surgery a wrong nerve, say the ilioinguinal nerve is excised by mistake, can the surgeon perform microsurgery and connect the nerve again?

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Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 31 years experience
Not really: If this was during an inguinal hernia repair, the ilioinguinal nerve is often cut on purpose to avoid chronic pain. The numbness that results is usually well tolerated. While theoretically the nerve can be reattached, it takes someone with a subspecialty in peripheral nerve surgery - plastics or neurosurgery. Hope this helps! good luck.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Yes: Severed nerves can be reconnected, if the damaged is recognized and it often takes expertise in microsurgery.

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