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Old 05-21-2012, 05:39 PM   #1
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Nerve symptoms normal after arthroscopy?

Hello all, I'm only about 5 days post op from Ankle arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone spur. I've been experiencing sensations symptomatic of nerve damage since the anesthesia wore off. Ive been feeling burning sensations, stinging pains toward the toes, and constant tingles.

I know nerve damage is a "low" risk of the surgery, but being only 5 days out of surgery and feeling these pains and sensations, does this already mean that in that unlucky few that have nerve damage or is this just a normal part of healing?

 
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Old 05-21-2012, 06:09 PM   #2
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Re: Nerve symptoms normal after arthroscopy?

Nerves are really delicate, and surgery tends to freak them out. Being brushed against or even just exposed to air can cause weird nerve symptoms for weeks to months after the surgery. Permanent and significant nerve damage is rarer.

After my ankle arthroscopy, I had this "electric shock" sensation on my last two toes. That faded within a few weeks as I healed. Half of my big toe was completely numb, that went away 14 months after the surgery. A LOT of us experience weird nerve symptoms, most of them go away or decrease significantly.

Also, some of the tingling may just be from swelling. Keep elevating, be patient, and DO mention it to your surgeon at your scheduled follow-up.

 
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Old 05-21-2012, 08:23 PM   #3
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Re: Nerve symptoms normal after arthroscopy?

Thanks for your reply! This helps put my mind as ease a bit more. Unfortunately, surgery rest and Internet access is not a good combination for my anxiety!

My surgeon did say that this was a low percentage complication, but wasn't sure if this percentage only included actual diagnosed post-op nerve injuries and perhaps nerve "aggravations" were more common.

I'll try to post updates on my experience for those who might have similar questions in the future.

 
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