Stanford Center for Peripheral Nerve Surgery

At the Stanford Center for Peripheral Nerve Surgery, our goal is to capitalize on the expertise of specialists from multiple fields of medicine to develop a customized treatment plan to address the needs of each individual patient.  We utilize the latest diagnostic techniques and surgical strategies to restore function and minimize pain for patients with peripheral nerve disorders. Our team of experts takes a multi-disciplinary approach to maximize outcomes, while constantly striving to improve the patient experience. By working as a team, we can coordinate diagnostic testing and clinical evaluation, and by partnering with referring physicians, we ensure there is no unnecessary duplication of testing. Driven by discovery and the desire to see the best for our patients, every day we expand the limits of what is possible through our basic and translational research, our focus on strengthening imaging capabilities and diagnostics, by improving our understanding of disease, and enhancing surgical techniques.

Conditions We Treat/Services We Offer

Featured Event:

Stanford Facial Nerve Symposium 

Stanford is pleased to host the Facial Nerve Symposium designed to to increase knowledge about the options for treatment for facial paralysis by using a broad, multidisciplinary approach to describe the role of surgical reanimation, rehabilitation, mental health, ophthalmology, neurodiagnostic assessment, and skull base surgery in the care of patients with facial paralysis.  Dr. Wilson will serve as part of the expert faculty that will discuss facial nerve paralysis and more broadly, peripheral nerve injury, and the options for treatment.

Patient Education

Overview of Benign Nerve Sheath Tumors

In The News

Dr. Wilson Awarded NREF Young Clinician Investigator Award

Dr. Wilson was awarded the 2019-2020 Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation Medtronic Young Clinician Investigator Award to support a project entitled "Deep Machine Learning and Convolutional Neural Networks for the Evaluation and Classification of Peripheral Nerve Tumors".  Dr. Wilson intends to utilize artificial intelligence techniques to improve the diagnosis, and ultimately the management, of peripheral nerve tumors.  The proposed research blends well with Dr. Wilson's clinical practice treating peripheral nerve tumors, peripheral nerve injuries, and other forms of peripheral nerve pathology.

Dr. Wilson Performs Cutting-Edge Nerve Transfer for Stroke

Dr. Wilson recently performed a cutting-edge operation to try to improve spasticity and arm function for a patient after stroke.  He utilized a technique known as a contralateral C7 nerve transfer.  Recently, an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine supported the use of the contralateral C7 nerve transfer for improving function after stroke and other brain injuries.  This promising technique offers hope for improvement in patients with spasticity and weakness following stroke.  Dr. Wilson says that while the operation went well, it will be up to two years until we see the full effects of the operation and can judge its success.  The original study was out of China, and Dr. Wilson is happy to help bring this innovative technique to the United States.

Peripheral Nerve Surgery Program

Stanford Health Care's Peripheral Nerve Surgery Program offers comprehensive diagnostic evaluation and testing, as well as leading-edge surgical techniques, provided by a highly specialized and experienced nationally-recognized team.

Physician Referrals

Stanford Health Care provides comprehensive services to refer and track patients, as well as provides the latest information and news for physicians and office staff. For help with all referral needs and questions visit Referring Physicians. You may fax a referral form with supporting documentation to 650-320-9443.

Our Research

The Center for Peripheral Nerve Surgery utilizes a multi-faceted research approach ranging from basic/translational research to clinical trials to clinical outcomes research. Our goal is to improve the treatments available to patients with peripheral nerve pathologies. Our current research focuses on advanced imaging techniques such as Stimulated Raman Histology to develop improved intraoperative decision-making, attempting to understand the growth pattern of nerve sheath tumors (schwannomas and neurofibromas), and the evaluation of an approved device (Neurocap) for the treatment of nerve pain secondary to neuromas through a post-approval clinical trial.  

Stanford Medicine Online Second Opinion Program

Want an online second opinion?  The Stanford Medicine Online Second Opinion program offers you easy access to our world-class doctors. If you have received a diagnosis or recommendation for treatment and want another opinion, our service can help you make a more informed decision. 

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Featured Publication

An update on the management of adult traumatic nerve injuries - replacing old paradigms: A review.