Peripheral neuropathy involves damage to the peripheral nervous system, and there are multiple different types. Diabetic neuropathy is one of those types, and similar to other causes of peripheral neuropathy may lead to severe burning pain along with pins and needles in the feet and legs.
In the past, neuropathy was approached as a painful disease state for which symptoms could only be masked, but could rarely be cured. Some doctors subscribe to the theory that the nerve dies from the effects of neuropathy, and that the only treatment is to mask the pain and live with the disease.
The Dellon Decompression Procedure was developed in response to this theory, and has been a revolution in the treatment of peripheral neuropathy. The procedure was pioneered by Dr. Lee Dellon, a plastic surgeon at Johns Hopkins University. The surgery involves freeing up the pressure areas in the legs, ankles, and feet, similar to a carpal tunnel procedure.
We now know that the nerve is not dead, but has poor conducting abilities, similar to that of a short in electrical wiring. This is caused by compression around and within the nerves. This compression is much like that seen in carpal tunnel syndrome where the hands experience numbness, tingling and burning due to compress of the wrist nerve. In fact, if the compression continues long enough within the carpal tunnel, loss of muscular strength will also occur.
The Dellon Decompression is an exciting new treatment option for patients that suffer from peripheral neuropathy, dropfoot and neuritis. This has truly been a revolutionary procedure that has helped thousands of patients.
The surgical procedure for lower extremity neuropathy is similar to that done for carpal tunnel, by relieving pressure in the legs, ankles and feet. Both Dr. Dellon and we have found that by performing a surgical nerve decompression 80% of all patients have good to excellent relief of their neuropathic pain or numbness.
Dr. Richard Jacoby, a Four Time Phoenix Magazine Top Doc Winner as a leading Scottsdale Podiatrist, has performed thousands of successful Dellon Procedures for peripheral neuropathy, most commonly in diabetic neuropathy patients. In indicated patients, studies have shown the procedure maintains an 80% effectiveness with good to excellent relief of neuropathic pain or numbness.
In addition, the results at SNI have shown that no patients have needed to go on to subsequent diabetic amputations.* Peripheral neuropathy is not an easy diagnosis to treat, and SNI has been successfully combining its comprehensive options for years to the benefit of patients dealing with a painful, disabling disease.
*Results cannot be guaranteed.