Questions and Answers with Dr. Tollestrup
Peripheral Nerve Surgery FAQs
Can Dr. Tollestrup Help Me?
How do I know if my pain is due to peripheral nerve damage?
- Sensory changes – symptoms like numbness, tingling, pins and needles, or decreased sensation/dullness.
- Character of pain – nerve pain often presents as a burning sensation but may also feel electrical in nature (i.e. a shocking or buzzing sensation). Nerve pain can “shoot” or radiate from one place to another and can mimic just about any sensation. The sensations that nerve damage produces are often so strange that patients frequently say that they have a hard time describing what they are feeling in words.
- Severity of pain – one of the hallmarks of nerve pain how excruciating it is. Patients with nerve damage usually appear to be in much more pain than the situation seems to justify. In addition, pain medication is often very ineffective at treating pain of nerve origin. Patients often remark that they would gladly cut off the offending arm or leg, etc., if they could just get rid of the pain.
When is the right time to have peripheral nerve surgery?
What percentage of Dr. Tollestrup’s patients get relief?
I hate taking pain pills. Can Dr. Tollestrup’s surgery help me get off my pain medication?
What exactly does Dr. Tollestrup do during surgery to take the pain away?
I did a nerve study and it came back negative. So why do I need nerve surgery?
My doctor says my injury is healed. I get the feeling he/she thinks I am imagining the pain. Could I be?
Why don’t other physicians have knowledge about and readily recommend this type of surgery?
Why is no one else doing peripheral nerve surgery? Sounds too good to be true?
Do all patients get relief from Dr. Tollestrup’s surgery?
I would love to see stories about other patients like me. Can you refer me to any patient stories and testimonials?
Tollestrup’s patients are more than happy to share their stories. In fact, they are somewhat evangelistic in that they want to spread the word about his practice to reach other people suffering from chronic pain. You can read their stories and watch video testimonials.