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Old 05-10-2012, 12:13 AM   #1
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2nd surgery with ulnar nerve

I recently went through my second surgery with my ulnar nerve. The first surgery they did the transposition of the nerve, put me in a cast for 6 weeks. I was in terrible pain, it was unbelievable. That lasted for 10 months, just had second surgery the ulnar nerve was stuck from the first surgery. Unfortunately the pain level is the same. Pins and needles in the fingers, hand feels like its crushed, whole arm from elbow to hand in server pain. I did alot of research on moving the ulnar nerve, the bad news its 50 50. And thats what doctors won't tell you about the surgery. They say it takes 1milimeter a day for the nerve to heal, sorry over a year and it isn't better. If they would have told me the possibilities of the pain level and its a 50 50 chance I would have nevered went through that surgery at all. The worst decision I ever made. The pinch nerve was way eaiser to deal with. I lost over 40% of my muscle. And what gets me the most, Doctors will cut into you, and they won't tell you all the truth about that surgery, then after the surgery they use the excuse well not all surgery's are successful. Really be real with the person up front. And let the patient decide if he wants to take a chance of enduring horrific pain. Trust me a pinch nerve is not life threating.

 
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Old 05-10-2012, 04:19 PM   #2
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Re: Ulnar nerve transposition surgery- post op problems

I am so sorry you're having such terrible problems. My second surgery was about like the first. Two days I needed a major analgesic around the clock. After that I used it once or twice a day and at bedtime for another week or so.

I was fortunate to have an experienced surgeon who trained other surgeons at the teaching university where I first saw him. My therapist used another surgeon ( insurance issue) and is still having problems. She will have my surgeon repair her original surgery.

I just want other readers to know that not every ulnar transposition is a miserable experience, and that it's important to correct a problem that is causing muscle wasting. I did not see the surgeon soon enough for my left hand and I have no measurable pinch strength in that hand. I've regained pinch strength in my right hand because it was caught before I had significant muscle loss. I'm using weights and bands (as directed by a certified hand therapist) without pain to regain strength in this arm, and she's upsing a 'nerve glide' technique to keep the nerve free of impingement by scar tissue.

I hope you can find an answer for your pain.

 
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Old 05-12-2012, 12:21 PM   #3
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Re: Ulnar nerve transposition surgery- post op problems

I should have added that my successful ulnar transpositions were performed by a hand surgeon who operates only on arms and hands. I wouldn't consider any other option, regardless of how far I'd have to travel.

 
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Old 05-15-2012, 07:28 PM   #4
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Re: Ulnar nerve transposition surgery- post op problems

valleyanne, I too had my decompression done by hand specialist. He said when he flipped the nerve into the new spot it sprung open like an unkinked water hose. It has been a month and still painful. Unfortunately, I am a hairdresser and doc says it may take 3 months to get back to normal. I cannot turn my hand/arm certain ways without thw whole forearm going numb and severe pain. After reading these posts,I am quite worried!!!

 
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Old 05-16-2012, 07:45 PM   #5
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Re: Ulnar nerve transposition surgery- post op problems

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I recently went through my second surgery with my ulnar nerve. The first surgery they did the transposition of the nerve, put me in a cast for 6 weeks. I was in terrible pain, it was unbelievable. That lasted for 10 months, just had second surgery the ulnar nerve was stuck from the first surgery. Unfortunately the pain level is the same. Pins and needles in the fingers, hand feels like its crushed, whole arm from elbow to hand in server pain. I did alot of research on moving the ulnar nerve, the bad news its 50 50. And thats what doctors won't tell you about the surgery. They say it takes 1milimeter a day for the nerve to heal, sorry over a year and it isn't better. If they would have told me the possibilities of the pain level and its a 50 50 chance I would have nevered went through that surgery at all. The worst decision I ever made. The pinch nerve was way eaiser to deal with. I lost over 40% of my muscle. And what gets me the most, Doctors will cut into you, and they won't tell you all the truth about that surgery, then after the surgery they use the excuse well not all surgery's are successful. Really be real with the person up front. And let the patient decide if he wants to take a chance of enduring horrific pain. Trust me a pinch nerve is not life threating.
Wow, that really is scary. My surgeon acted like it was really no big deal. No physical therapy prescribed either. I am on long term pain meds for spine nerve problems and arm still has pain even with meds. It a different type of pain than it was before surgery. More of burn in elbow but deeeep ache in forearm and hand. What do I do about it?

 
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Old 05-17-2012, 01:15 PM   #6
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Re: Ulnar nerve transposition surgery- post op problems

When I had CMC replacement my radial nerve was irritated, a not uncommon complication. It took 4 months for the inflammation to subside and I needed a TENS unit or ice or heat continuously for most of that time. It felt and looked like a severe sunburn. It did resolve completely and I've had no further problems. Nerves don't like to be manipulated, and it does take them a while to settle down. This was a couple of years before the ulnar surgery.

Ulnar nerves can become entrapped in scar tissue. My hand therapist used special stretching after the ulnar surgery to prevent that. I was not permitted to do strengthening exercises for 6 weeks. It has been 5 months and my muscles are still adapting to the surgery, but I only notice it when I'm stressing them with weights.

 
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