Neurosurgery

Penn Center for Peripheral Nerve Disorders

Penn Medicine neurosurgeons are regional and national leaders in providing comprehensive medical and surgical care for the most complex disorders of the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nervous system.

The Penn Center for Peripheral Nerve Disorders evaluates and treats patients with a variety of lesions of the peripheral nervous system, the portion of the nervous system outside the brain and spinal cord. These lesions may include nerve tumors, entrapments and injuries.

Diagnostic evaluation of peripheral nerve disorders includes state-of-the-art imaging studies in neuroradiology, and electrodiagnostic studies in Penn Neurology's renowned neuromuscular division.

The multidisciplinary team at Penn Medicine provides expert medical and surgical care for:

  • Benign peripheral nerve sheath tumors
  • Schwannomas
  • Neurofibromas
  • Malignancies
  • Neurofibrosarcomas
  • Malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors
  • Nerve entrapments
  • Carpal or cubital tunnel syndrome
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome (brachial plexus entrapment)
  • Radial tunnel or PIN palsy
  • Common peroneal nerve entrapment
  • Meralgia paresthetica
  • Piriformis syndrome

Many nerve injuries are evaluated and treated at the Penn Center for Peripheral Nerve Disorders, including:

  • Nerve lacerations
  • Brachial plexus injuries and avulsion
  • Penetrating trauma

Penn neurosurgeons often perform complex nerve repairs including microsurgical nerve suture, nerve grafting and nerve transfers to repair devastating injuries such as brachial plexus trauma.