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Robert G. Parker, DPM, FACFAS, FASPS, PA
14441 Memorial Drive, Suite 16, Houston, TX 77079



Neuropathy FAQs

In order to help you take the next steps forward, Dr. Parker has compiled a list of neuropathy FAQs (frequently asked questions) and the accompanying answers. Take your time reading through the resources on this site in order to learn more about neuropathy and what can be done to relieve your pain.

 

What can Dr. Parker do to stop
the burning, tingling, numbness, and pain?

There are over 100 different types of neuropathy, and in each of those there are varied phases. It is important that Dr. Parker establishes exactly what type of neuropathy you have (some examples are: diabetic, peripheral, idiopathic) and then determine which of the 5 phases you are currently in. Once he has this information, Dr. Parker will sit and go over all of your treatment options so that together you may develop a treatment plan that is right for you.

Possible treatments include nutritional supplements, medications, different types of physical medicine including neuro-gliding and laser therapy, minimally invasive actions, non-surgical treatments, and nerve decompression surgery. It is important to understand that no two people are the same, and even though you may have the same symptoms as a friend or family member, your treatment plan may be very different.

 

What makes Dr. Parker different from my other doctors?

As Houston’s High Tech Podiatrist, Dr. Parker has special training in nerves, nerve conditions, and nerve treatments. Through his dedication to neuropathy, he has had the opportunity to be on the front lines when it comes to changing the way neuropathy is viewed and treated.

His promise to you is that he will take the time to perform a detailed exam, and based on his findings and your personal goals, we will present a custom treatment plan to fit your needs. He will thoroughly review this plan with you, answer any questions that you may have, and do his best to help you reach your goal of living without pain.

 

How long has Dr. Parker been treating neuropathy?

Dr. Parker has been in practice and treating neuropathy for over 40 years. However, in 2001 he had the privilege of being trained by A. Lee Dellon, MD, a physician and professor at Johns Hopkins University. This training led him to look at neuropathy completely differently than he had previously. No longer was this a lifelong progressive illness that was only (poorly) managed by oral medications. Now, there was something he could do to help his patients! This nerve decompression surge has helped thousands of patients get their life back and live pain-free.

Now, Dr. Parker has turned from student to teacher. Although he continues to attend seminars, lectures, and cadaver courses in order to stay up-to-date with the latest discoveries and procedures, he is also proud to be able to teach both basic and advanced courses to other surgeons. As a fellow and President of the Association of Extremity Nerve Surgeons, Dr. Parker has dedicated his practice to treating nerve conditions.

 

Why haven’t my other doctors told me about this?

The standard of care for neuropathy has always been oral medication, with the belief that there was no way to reverse this condition. That is what Dr. Parker himself did for his patients for years.

There is a major paradigm shift happening right now in the world of neuropathy. There are new discoveries and theories being discussed and shared all of the time. Currently, there are a small number of doctors that are trained in this area and the hope is that every year more and more doctors are trained in this field.

 

Will I need surgery?

It is possible that your condition will require surgery, but it is not always the only choice.  Dr. Parker will give you all of your options and will always tell you the expected success rate.  If you do decide to have surgery, our cases are performed at an outpatient surgical center, unless there is a medical condition that requires a hospital setting.  The typical time in surgery ranges from 1-3 hours, and you will be able to leave the same day.

Our surgery coordinator will go over all of your pre-operative instructions with you, and you will have the chance to ask any questions you may have. Someone will call you the night of the surgery to check on you, and you are given an emergency phone number that you can call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in case you have any questions or concerns after your surgery.

 

Does my insurance cover any of this?

Most of the treatment options that Dr. Parker uses on a regular basis are covered by most medical plans. However, individual plans do vary, and treatment may be subjected to co-pays, co-insurances, or plan deductibles. We will verify your insurance benefits prior to any treatments and will let you know how you can expect your insurance plan to process your claims. If you need financing, there are several options available and we can provide you with that information.

For further questions, feel free to call our office and speak to a staff member. Dr. Parker is dedicated to using his special skill and experience to relieve your lower leg and foot pain. Don’t wait any longer to get your life back! Call our Houston office at (281) 497- 2850 or make an appointment through our online request form.