The Center for Peripheral Nerve Surgery is a multidisciplinary center specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of peripheral nerve problems. Our goal is to maximize function, minimize suffering, and help patients realize their full potential.
The human nervous system consists of four parts: brain, spinal cord, autonomic nervous system, and peripheral nerves. Peripheral nerves are cord-like structures containing bundles of nerve fibers that carry information between various regions and the spinal cord. Some nerves, such as the sciatic nerve, are quite large, exceeding 1 centimeter in diameter, and may be more than 3 feet long. Others are so small that they cannot be readily seen without magnification. Regardless of size, peripheral nerve disorders can be uncomfortable, painful, and even disabling.
The Center for Peripheral Nerve Surgery is a multidisciplinary center specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of peripheral nerve problems, including injuries (such as lacerations), entrapments (such as carpal tunnel syndrome), and tumors (such as neurofibroma). Our goal is to maximize function, minimize suffering, and help patients realize their full potential in spite these painful and sometimes disabling disorders. We offer a wide range of proven treatments, including noninvasive therapies as well as surgery. Determination of an appropriate treatment is based on a comprehensive neurological examination that may include electrodiagnostic studies, imaging studies, or nerve biopsy.
Our peripheral nerve surgical team has expertise with a range of treatment procedures, from minimally invasive decompression to complex and lengthy brachial plexus reconstruction and tumor excision. Studies consistently demonstrate that experienced surgeons and practitioners at neuroscience centers of excellence achieve the best possible patient outcomes.
The Center for Peripheral Nerve Surgery Team
Two things can be said of neurosurgeon Christopher Winfree; he is focused, and he hates the word "no". “I know what I want and I am going to do it,” he says, “ I just systematically take steps to make it happen.” “As a kid,” Winfree says, “ I made a long list of things I wanted to do in my life and I have systematically gone through it.” These things included becoming a doctor and running a marathon. “I've checked all kinds of (things) off my life list,” says Dr. Winfree.