Penn 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. 

Our specialists are trained to identify the continuum of nerve disorders and have a comprehensive understanding of the nervous system and the interaction of these nerves on structure and function. 

Penn neurosurgeons collaborate with other specialists to achieve optimal care for patients. Whether it's complex brachial plexus surgeries that require the involvement of orthopedics and plastic surgery or treating entrapment neuropathies with neurologists, Penn takes a comprehensive approach to resolving disorders of the peripheral nerves.

Conditions Treated

  • 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

In This Section


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.

Treatments and Procedures

Penn neurosurgeons perform different types of surgical techniques including microsurgical nerve suture, nerve grafting and nerve transfers to repair devastating injuries such as brachial plexus trauma.

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