New York residents may be interested in information about some of the nerve injuries that can result from surgical errors. Trauma inflicted on the nerves can interfere or prevent signals from being transmitted between the brain and the rest of the body. People suffering these injuries may lose feeling in the affected area, or their muscular functions may become limited. Nerves can be easily damaged if they are cut, stretched or under too much duress.
Nerves are bundles of smaller nerve fibers, or axons, encased in sheaths that help deliver messages from the brain to make the body function. This fragile system is also responsible for providing critical signals between the body and the brain, such as temperature, pressure and pain. Pressure or stretching can break the axons inside the nerves interfere with transmitting certain signals, even though the sheath remains intact. Both the axons and the surrounding tissue are severed whenever the nerve is cut.