Patient outcome after common peroneal nerve decompression

J Neurosurg. 2007 Aug;107(2):314-8. doi: 10.3171/JNS-07/08/0314.


Object: This study examines common peroneal nerve decompression and its effect on nerve function.

Methods: Fifty-one peroneal nerve decompressions were retrospectively reviewed. All patients were evaluated preoperatively and postoperatively for motor and sensory function of the peroneal nerve as well as for pain.

Results: Postoperatively, 40 (83%) of 48 patients who had preoperative motor weakness had improvement in motor function. Likewise, 23 (49%) of 47 patients who had sensory disturbances and 26 (84%) of 31 patients who had preoperative pain improved after surgical decompression of the peroneal nerve.

Conclusions: Common peroneal nerve decompression is a useful procedure to improve sensation and strength as well as to decrease pain.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Decompression, Surgical*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Motor Activity
  • Nerve Compression Syndromes / surgery*
  • Peroneal Neuropathies / surgery*
  • Recovery of Function
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Treatment Outcome