Nerve Injury and Repair

Nerves act like wires in your body, carrying information to and from your brain. Motor nerves transmit messages from your brain to your muscles, telling your body to move. Sensory nerves transmit messages about pain, pressure, and temperature to your brain from different parts of your body.

Pressure, stretching, or cutting can damage fragile nerves. After nerve injury, the nerves can stop working and carrying information to the brain. As a result, the muscles may stop working and loss of feeling can occur in the area.

To repair a severed nerve, Dr. Morse sews together the insulation surrounding both ends of the nerve. The stitches used for this surgery are very tiny and thin. After the operation, a splint is typically needed for a few weeks to protect the delicate nerve.