Meralgia paresthetica is a pinching of the nerve on the outer thigh. The nerve is called the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve, and it travels from the spine to the thigh region. The pressure on this nerve causes feelings of burning, pain and numbness along the path of the nerve, which is the outer and front part of the thigh.
Trauma to the area, diabetes, or more common causes such as wearing tight clothing, obesity and pregnancy can cause this condition.
Why Choose MedStar Georgetown University Hospital to Treat Your Meralgia Paresthetica?
At MedStar Georgetown, our experienced surgeons are experts in diagnosing and treating meralgia paresthetica. We know how important it is to treat your condition quickly and effectively, so you can get back to your daily activities. At MedStar Georgetown, we use an advanced, minimally invasive approach. This means quicker recovery for you, less chance of infection and a faster return to your daily routine. Learn more about surgery for meralgia paresthetica, also called nerve decompression surgery.
Peripheral Nerve Surgery for Meralgia Paresthetica
Peripheral nerve surgery is performed in rare cases to help relieve the compression. Patients who suffer from long-term and severe meralgia paresthetica, who find no relief through conservative methods, may be candidates for peripheral nerve surgery to treat their condition. Often patients tell us that they went to several physicians who were unable to help them, before they found our team at the Peripheral Nerve Surgery Institute. Learn more about nerve decompression surgery.