Get Answers to Your Questions in Our Nerve Damage and Surgery FAQ
Why does my foot look different after my knee replacement surgery? Should it hurt to have sex after a C-section? How can I relieve the pressure on a trapped nerve? Our FAQ page has the answers you need to kick chronic pain for good.
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Are you a pain management doctor?
No. Dr. Williams is a Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon with Fellowship Training in Peripheral Nerve Surgery (one year additional training with A. Lee Dellon MD PhD at the Dellon Institute for Peripheral Nerve Surgery). Due to the significant inherent risks of long term narcotic use the medical community has created an entire specialty devoted to the science of medical pain management. These specialists are board certified in the medical treatment of pain. Due to a sharp crackdown by government agencies, surgeons and physicians of all types are discouraged, and in some circumstances mandated to refer patients suffering from chronic pain to those physicians who are certified in Pain Management. These physicians often play a critical role in diagnosing the cause of the chronic pain, as well as, managing the effects of chronic pain with many different classes of medications and other modalities. Often referral to a Board Certified Pain Management Physician is a very important part of a well coordinated treatment plan for a patient, and is part of the team approach that provides better care for patients suffering with these difficult problems.
If you are a Plastic Surgeon, why do you take care of patients with nerve problems and pain?
Great question? Plastic Surgeons have long been know as problem solvers. We like to solve difficult problems -- cleft lips, cleft palates, chronic wounds, facial fractures, missing hands, breast reconstruction...... Hand Surgery was a natural off shoot from Plastic Surgery. The reconstruction of the upper extremity often required reconstruction of the peripheral nervous system. For many years plastic surgeons have played a pivotal roll in the reconstruction of the soft tissue in the upper extremity. Therefore, almost all plastic surgeons are at least familiar with the management of peripheral nerve injuries in the upper extremities. Dr. Lee Dellon, a Plastic Surgeon who had additional Fellowship training as a Hand Surgeon, is a true pioneer in the field of peripheral nerve surgery. In the 1990's Dr. Dellon began to use the same practices and principles of upper extremity peripheral nerve reconstruction and management in the lower extremity in other locations throughout the body. At this time there are several Plastic Surgery societies a dedicated major amount of time to the teaching of peripheral nerve treatment strategies. These societies include the American Society for Peripheral Nerve, the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery, and American Association for Hand Surgery.
Nerve injuries and neuropathic pain is still a major problem. We are still looking for good answers to hard problems. Some Plastic Surgeons choose to focus on cosmetic surgery and some on reconstruction. Dr. Williams has chosen to focus his efforts on the peripheral nerve injured patient, and trying to improve the quality of life of those suffering from these problems.