Peripheral Specialist

Neurosurgical Associates of Tampa Bay -  - Neurosurgeon

Neurosurgical Associates of Tampa Bay

Neurosurgeons located in St. Petersburg, FL

Neurosurgery can help improve conditions that are affecting a person’s peripheral nervous system. At Neurosurgical Associates of Tampa Bay, residents in and around Tampa Bay, Florida, can work with our surgeons to relieve pain and function at their best.

Peripheral Q & A

Why would a patient be referred to a neurosurgeon?

Neurosurgeons treat much more than just the brain. A patient can go to them for the treatment of several conditions which can affect the peripheral nervous system. They treat the entire nervous system including the nerves that travel through the extremities of the body. These nerves and their network are what are referred to as the peripheral nervous system. Most frequently, patients can be affected by nerve issues which affect feeling in the limbs, such as pressure on the ulnar nerve, or carpal tunnel syndrome which is a relatively common condition. Also, neurosurgeons do not only provide surgical services. They offer patients or can recommend to patients the treatments which will most benefit them. These can include non-surgical treatments such as physical exercises or special medications.

What to expect following a neurosurgical procedure?

The patient should experience the fastest and most noticeable recovery in the first two weeks following the surgery or procedure.  However, the patient may find themselves to be tired out easily and to need rest during the day. Pain medications will typically be taken during this time. Physical therapy will usually be used following a surgical procedure. This will help patients regain the strength in the affected recovering areas. Strength and flexibility will improve over time, and it is important not to be frustrated. As time goes on, the patient will be able to slowly resume normal activities and the pain often experienced with peripheral nerve issues will dissipate. The patient and doctor will discuss how long complete recovery will take depending on his or her unique situation.

How long will recovery take?

Many factors can affect recovery time. Some of the details which can affect the time needed for a complete recovery include:

  • If any issues were present before the procedure
  • How sick the patient is before the surgery or procedure
  • Complications from a disease or during the procedure
  • Effects of any post-procedure treatments
  • Age

If there are no complications and the patient is in otherwise good health, recovery is typically broken into two periods: the first two weeks and longer-term recovery.  The two-week point is when the patient will typically have their first follow-up visit.