Basic Learning Pathway: Nerve Surgery – Basics, Tips and Tricks

Learning Objectives of this Pathway:

  • Understand the relevant gross and microscopic peripheral nerve surgical anatomy
  • Describe the indication(s) for peripheral nerve surgery
  • Describe soft tissue handling principles techniques in peripheral nerve surgery
  • Describe various intra-operative method(s) and techniques used in peripheral nerve surgery: magnification, intra-operative diagnostics, imaging, etc.
  • Describe various materials, implants, and grafts used in nerve surgery
  • Describe specific complications and methods of decreasing neuroma recurrence

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Day 1: Diagnostics & Workup

Clinical Sessions:

Managing Nerve Endings

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JFAS Articles:

Day 2​: Nerve Surgery

Clinical Sessions
Rethinking Interdigital Neuromas: Not as Simple as Cut or Keep

Surgical Techniques:
Morton's Neuroma Excision


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The ACFAS learning pathways are a tool to be used by residency directors, fellowship directors and school faculty to aid with didactic learning during the COVID-19 crisis. They are not intended to replace a curriculum, but to supplement student and resident education during this time of need. The learning pathways are divided into basic, intermediate, and advanced categories. Pathways have been organized into specific topics that have a variety of educational materials from the ACFAS On Demand course content. They also include journal articles with links primarily from The Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery (JFAS).