Dr. Bruno’s surgical procedure last week marks the first time the technique of using an allograft (donor) vein has been performed in the state. This new and innovative treatment is intended for patients with chronic peripheral nerve pain who have had failed multiple surgeries. Thus far, the results are promising compared to alternative procedures such as the use of autograft vein and synthetic conduits. The autograft vein procedure which uses a patient’s own vein, is complicated by the need for another surgical site, and can cause pain and swelling in the leg where the vein is harvested. Synthetic nerve conduits have been successful in providing temporary relief but may not enjoy the long term results that can be achieved using the allograft vein. Treating patients with peripheral nerve pain using an allograft vein provides similar long term results to autograft, without the need for an additional surgical site.
Dr. Bruno states, “I’m optimistic that this technique can be useful in helping patients with chronic nerve pain return to their normal lives.”
Patients suffering with peripheral nerve pain are encouraged to contact Dr. Bruno for a consultation at Access Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics. Dr. Bruno is the Hand Center Director and has been practicing at Access for the past 12 years. He is a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand as well as the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and a team physician for the US Ski and Snowboard team. To learn more about Dr. Bruno and his work, please visit www.accesssportsmed.com. You can also follow him on Twitter @DrRoderickBruno.