Nerve Pain Surgery Special Issue
With a rapid expansion of ideas, techniques, and products available for surgical treatments of nerve pain problems, it is data, rigorous investigation, and honest reporting that are critical to ensuring high-quality care. In this special issue we take a broad approach, delving into various aspects of how surgeons manage nerve pain, focusing on harder-to-tell and less-often discussed pieces of this growing puzzle.
Use of Vascularized, Denervated Muscle Targets for Prevention and Treatment of Upper-Extremity NeuromasNeuroma formation following upper-extremity peripheral nerve injury often results in persistent, debilitating neuropathic pain with a limited response to medical management. Vascularized, denervated muscle targets (VDMTs) offer a newly described surgical approach to address this challenging problem. Like targeted muscle reinnervation and regenerative peripheral nerve targets, VDMTs are used to redirect regenerating axons from an injured nerve into denervated muscle to prevent neuroma formation. By providing a vascularized muscle target that is reinnervated via direct neurotization, VDMTs offer some theoretical advantages in comparison with the other contemporary surgical options.
Selective Thumb Carpometacarpal Joint Denervation for Painful Arthritis: Follow-Up of Long-Term Clinical OutcomesThumb carpometacarpal (CMC) joint osteoarthritis is a common problem affecting up to 85% of patients over the age of 70. The most common presenting symptom for patients with CMC arthritis is pain with joint loading. Loss of function due to subluxation or joint destruction is comparatively rare. Carpometacarpal joint denervation is a relatively novel method for managing CMC arthritis, treating the most impactful symptom: pain.