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Radial nerve decompression Surgical Technique

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Following compression injury to the radial nerve at the lateral humeral intermuscular septum, the expectation is for a full and spontaneous recovery of the radial nerve in 8-12 weeks. This is the typical duration of recovery for the segmental demyelinating conduction block (neurapraxia) following a”Saturday night palsy” but care should be taken when making such a diagnosis of neurapraxia (see Indications section).

The indications and technique for exploration and decompression of the radial nerve are detailed in the following section on radial nerve decompression.

Author: Dominic Power FRCS (Tr & Orth)

Institution: The Queen Elisabeth Hospital, Birmingham, UK 

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