Regenerative Peripheral Nerve Interface, or RPNI, is a relatively new surgical technique designed to relieve nerve pain after a limb amputation.
Do You Suffer from Nerve Pain After Amputation?
About eight out of ten people who lose a limb suffer from pain known as phantom limb pain. Phantom limb pain is pain that arises in the area of the missing body part. This is caused by a mix-up in nerve signals. Even after amputation, your nervous system continues sending signals to the area of the amputated body part. These signals stop abruptly when they reach the severed nerve endings, resulting in pain and discomfort. Symptoms of phantom limb pain include:
- Throbbing or shooting pains in the area
- Itching or burning
- A pinching feeling