Nerve Pain Treatment | San Francisco CA
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Nerve Specialist Dr. Mitch Seruya
California has no shortage of doctors, so why would you consider a five-and-a-half hour car ride or 1.5-hour flight from San Francisco to Southern California and the L.A. Nerve Institute in Glendale? Let’s just say repairing damaged nerves and other problems with nerve function isn’t something to trust to your primary care physician located down the street. Dr. Mitch Seruya established the L.A. Nerve Institute specifically to help patients — adults and children — overcome the pain and loss of function that surrounds nerve damage and nerve compression.
The L.A. Nerve Institute and Dr. Seruya provide specialization in peripheral nerve surgery. Dr. Seruya practices out of two locations: in Los Angeles for his pediatric patients and in Glendale for his adult patients. He is recognized as an expert in nerve conditions and treatments across the body — nerve pain and potential permanent damage is worth the trip to Dr. Seruya’s practice to correct.
We recommend that you take a few minutes and check out reviews on this site and the various health websites. You can see how Dr. Seruya is leading the way treating a recent outbreak of a rare, polio-like illness called acute flaccid myelitis.
Then call us and make an appointment. There’s no reason to live with nerve pain, paralysis, and potential debilitation because you’re not seeing a nerve specialist.
At the L.A. Nerve Institute, Dr. Seruya offers treatment of myriad nerve conditions. Here are some specialties:
- Free Functional Muscle Transfer — If a nerve has been damaged for a year or more, it may have permanently lost its connection to the muscle it is controlling. Dr. Seruya performs a free functional muscle transfer in these cases, taking an expendable muscle from the inner thigh and transplanting it, along with its blood and nerve supply to the face, biceps, or leg.
- Nerve Decompression/ Neurolysis — When a nerve is compressed it begins to form scar tissue, which hinders the nerve messages, creating numbness and potential loss of function. Dr. Seruya performs neurolysis to release the tight fascia, muscle, tendon, and sometimes bone that are compressing the nerve, also cutting away the scar tissue surrounding it.
- Nerve Graft — When a nerve has been cut by trauma, the two nerves ends are not allowing the electrical signals to get to the muscle, so the muscle can no longer be used. Dr. Seruya uses a nerve graft to bridge the cut. A nerve is harvested from a donor site, such as the back of the calf, and attached to the two ends, returning the electrical signals and with it muscle function.
- Nerve Transfer — In an avulsion-type injury a nerve is directly ripped off its source in the spinal cord. These injuries cannot be repaired with a graft, as there is only one free end. Dr. Seruya returns function with a nerve transfer. He takes a motor nerve from an expendable muscle and delivers it to the target muscle to turn it back on.
- Tendon Transfer — In patients with long-standing nerve paralysis or incomplete muscle recovery, simply fixing the nerve is no longer an option. The nerve has permanently lost its connection to the muscle. Here, Dr. Seruya may perform a tendon transfer. The donor tendon is selected from a healthy but less important muscle group and is released off of its bone insertion and reconnected to the weak tendon that is more important to shoulder, elbow, or hand function.
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