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Peripheral Nerve Program

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Overview

The Peripheral Nerve Program at Westchester Medical Center offers multidisciplinary subspecialty care for patients with injuries or conditions affecting the nerves of the body outside of the brain and spinal cord.  

Traumatic Nerve Injuries

A major focus is the treatment of injured nerves after trauma. For nerve injuries that do not recover after three to six months, surgery may be recommended for freeing up scar tissue around the injured nerve (called an external neurolysis) and to encourage recovery. In other cases, an injured part of the nerve may be removed and replaced with a nerve from elsewhere in the body (called a nerve graft). Finally, a third option is to take part of a nearby working nerve and hook it directly into a non-working nerve to restore function (called a nerve transfer).

For nerves that are injured sharply, such as by a knife, surgery to sew the nerves back together is commonly undertaken within the first 48 hours. We treat patients of all ages with nerve injuries, including infants who are born with injury to the nerves of the upper extremity, such as Erb’s palsy. Learn more about our Pediatric Peripheral Nerve Program.

Tumors of the Peripheral Nerves

In addition to the treatment of traumatic nerve injuries, we also provide comprehensive care for patients with tumors of the peripheral nerves. If nerves are thought of as electric wires, the insulation around the wire can sometimes give rise to a growth called a nerve sheath tumor. Other times, a growth may arise from the nerve itself.  

We treat all tumor types located in peripheral nerves, such as schwannomas, neurofibromas, malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors, and perineuriomas, or in the networks of nerves serving the arms and legs: the brachial plexus and lumbar plexus.

Our providers enjoy a strong relationship with Adult Neuro-Oncology and Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Programs, which offer specific expertise in patients with Neurofibromatosis types 1 and 2.

Nerve Compression and Entrapment Syndromes

Finally, we treat patients with nerves of the arms and legs that are compressed (called entrapment syndromes). Common entrapments include carpal tunnel syndrome (median nerve compression at the wrist), cubital tunnel syndrome (ulnar nerve compression at the elbow), thoracic outlet syndrome, and common peroneal nerve entrapment at the leg.  

We rely on heavy collaboration with our Neurology colleagues and their specialized expertise in electrodiagnostic studies such as electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction studies (NCS).

Our anesthesia and pain management colleagues provide interventions to treat painful conditions such as complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), previously referred to as reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD). Interventions range from local injections to implantation of peripheral nerve stimulators for pain control.

Our neuroradiology colleagues offer advancing magnetic resonance imaging of the nerves, including the brachial plexus, and ultrasound images which can help to guide interventions for a specific patient. Our colleagues in plastic surgery offer expertise in hand surgery (Logan Carr, MD) and facial nerve reanimation (Elizabeth Zellner, MD). 

Conditions We Treat

Peripheral nerve surgeons at Westchester Medical Center treat a wide range of conditions, including the following.

  • Brachial plexus injury
  • Birth-related (obstetric) brachial plexus injury 
  • Erb’s palsy
  • Klumpke palsy
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Cubital tunnel syndrome
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • (Morton) Neuroma
  • Meralgia Paresthetica
  • Sciatic nerve injury 
  • Peroneal nerve entrapment
  • Laceration or blunt nerve injury
  • Schwannoma
  • Neurofibroma
  • Perineurioma
  • Malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor (MPNST)
  • Neurofibromatosis type 1
  • Neurofibromatosis type 2

Our Phone Number: 914.493.2363

19 Bradhurst Avenue, Suite 2900 S
Hawthore, NY 10532

Phone: 914.493.2363

Fax: 914.493.2505


Our Providers

Pisapia, Jared, MD, MTR
Attending Pediatric Neurosurgeon
Surgical Director of Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Program
Surgical Director of Peripheral Nerve Surgery Program
Surgical Co-Director of Craniofacial Program

DelBello, Damon
DelBello, Damon
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Orthopedic Surgery
Pediatric Orthopaedics
Kinon, Merritt D., MD
Kinon, Merritt D., MD
Section Chief of Spinal Neurosurgery, Westchester Medical Center Health Network
Neurosurgery
Spine Surgery

Affiliated Physicians

Neurology

Li, Jin, MD

Thomas, Anila, MD

Plastic Surgery

Logan Carr, MD

Zellner, Elizabeth, MD

Anesthesia/Pain

Albert Kwon, MD

Radiology

Shari Freidman, MD

Gulko, Edwin, MD