Pressure, stretching, or cutting can damage fragile nerves. After nerve injury, the nerves can stop working and carrying information to the brain. As a result, the muscles may stop working and loss of feeling can occur in the area.
To repair a severed nerve, Dr. Morse sews together the insulation surrounding both ends of the nerve. The stitches used for this surgery are very tiny and thin. After the operation, a splint is typically needed for a few weeks to protect the delicate nerve.