Why Did Dr. Tollestrup Specialize in Peripheral Nerve Surgery?

By June 22, 2017 July 28th, 2017 Dr. Tollestrup Blog

The Pull of Peripheral Nerve Surgery

Why Dr. Tim Tollestrup Decided to Pursue a Path to Help Patients Relieve Chronic Pain 

I didn’t find peripheral nerve surgery, it found me…let me explain.

From my earliest memories, I was always fascinated by anatomy. I knew I wanted to be a doctor.

I grew up on a farm in Canada. At the age of eight, I was dissecting the chicken and marveling at the anatomy prior to my mom cooking it for Sunday dinner. By the time I was in first or second grade, I knew I would be a surgeon. I wanted to do something where I could try and help people every day and the technical part of surgery really captured my imagination.

Meeting His Mentor 

Fast forward many years. I had completed my general and trauma surgery and had set up my fellowship in hand surgery. I was practicing as a trauma surgeon in St. Louis. Then I was approached by a colleague who trained with Dr. Lee Dellon. Dr. Dellon is a pioneer who revolutionized the field of peripheral nerve surgery. He is my mentor and friend.

My colleague asked me if I wanted to do a fellowship in peripheral nerve surgery. I was like, “what’s that?” Here I was a board-certified trauma and general surgeon and I hadn’t even heard of this before – like virtually every other doctor in America.

Anyway, long story short, I went out to dinner with Dr. Dellon and decided to accept the offer to do the fellowship. After about 2-3 months of the experience, I knew this is what I wanted to dedicate my life to.

So why did I become a peripheral nerve surgeon? Looking back on the long road it took to get here, I am convinced there was a guiding hand that steered me to this career because I didn’t even know that it existed prior to doing my fellowship with Dr. Dellon. In other words, I feel like I was called to do this work rather than the other way around. I’ve stayed because I love the intellectual challenge and the way I can literally change peoples lives for the better, often dramatically.

If you suffer from chronic pain I may be able to help. Please call my office at 702-666-0463. Hopefully I can have an impact on your life too!

Tim Tollestrup MD

Watch this video to learn more about Dr. Tim Tollestrup and his path to peripheral nerve surgery.