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    Old 01-28-2014, 02:34 PM   #1
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    *Update Post 4* Recent Radial Nerve Surgery (left wrist), questions, help please!

    Typing with on hand, sorry for the length of post..


    Past.. 2006 surgery for dequervain's. Burning pain started, for 2 years. Had neuroma surgery (found in same area where Dequervain's surgery was) in 2008. Also hand therapy and desensitizing exercises.

    Present... After neuroma surgery, continued problems with burning. Tried to get a referral to a hand surgeon (live in Canada, need referral to see a surgeon), couldn't get one. Finally in September 2013 found a clinic that have doctors and specialists/surgeons on site, was referred to hand surgeon.

    The hand surgeon didn't know exactly what the problem was and said he may have to use 'tubing' around my nerve to protect it from scar tissue etc. Told a nerve graft likely not needed since I still had feeling. Would look at previous surgery report by the other doctor to see what was done..

    Surgery day last Thursday. Pre op he said wasn't sure if he could place tubing, pointed to the area of previous surgery scar, section closet to base of thumb, because the tube may protrude in that section ( I guess bone in that area is close to the skin?) He would explore and do whatever he could to help me.

    I woke up from surgery, was still somewhat groggy. I sort of recall him saying.. You had a large ?? (held up his fingers to show the size of it), I had to cut your nerve and re sew it. And something to the effect I may have some sensation loss in a certain area. I don't think he said the nerve was already cut when he opened me up and had to re sew it.

    So right now I'm wearing a half slab/cast which goes my along the pinky side of wrist, palm side of forearm, and curves towards,covers most of my palm. The radial side, the cast material covers over the surgical site. Bridging the two areas.. Padding, Gauze, tensor bandage.

    Questions...

    The post-op note says 'follow up 2/52. (or the '5' could be a '1'. I assume 52 weeks which equals a year is the time for a nerve to heal? I phoned for a follow up, told the reception above. she said 2 week follow up, other number is 52 ( I didn't ask her to elaborate on that).

    Is the bandage/cast removed at my two week follow up? Is my wrist free, start hand therapy? Or do they apply another type of splint for a few more weeks??

    Not sure if I have dissolvable stitches or ones that need to be removed.

    Thanks for your help.

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    Old 01-28-2014, 10:18 PM   #2
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    Re: Recent Radial Nerve Surgery (left wrist), questions, help please!

    Hi,

    I can't respond to your nerve surgery, but I have had 3 wrist surgeries in the last 2 years.

    It sounds like you need to call your surgeon's office to ask some of your questions. It is important that you understand what to expect and what was done to you. I'm sure they will cover it at your 2 week follow-up, but for those questions you have that need answers sooner, you should ask.

    Based upon my experience, the half-cast/bandage splints are usually used to allow for swelling to go down. I had casts or splints after my 2 week follow-ups for those surgeries. If seems to me that if they were sewing a nerve together that it would take more than 2 weeks to heal and a splint would be logical. If they don't give you one, I would ask some very directed questions to make sure you have a comfort level with your healing process. I would also ask about what you are/aren't allowed to do and about any follow-up PT from a hand therapist.

    Good luck with your healing.
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    Re: Recent Radial Nerve Surgery (left wrist), questions, help please!

    Thanks MountainReader.

    I phoned reception and said I was confused about the '2/12 or 2/52' with regards to follow up. She said 2 weeks. 52 is also the correct number, didn't ask her to elaborate.

    Follow up is next week so I plan on writing down plenty of questions, and I'm guessing he will explain what he did in more detail etc. If not will ask that too.

    When I had Dequervain's and neuroma surgery I had a thick guaze dressing for two weeks, then removed.

    I'm guessing this is more involved, hence the different bandage, splint.

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    Re: Recent Radial Nerve Surgery (left wrist), questions, help please!

    Update...

    I had my 2 week follow up today. The surgeon said "There was a reason for your pain." He found a large neuroma, excised it. He had to cut the nerve and re sew/stich it (primary repair?) Also removed scar tissue at the far end of the nerve and did something to the tendons (inflamed).

    I also had scar revision. My previous surgery for Dequervain's and neuroma (done by a different surgeon),left me with a ugly keloid scar. Current surgeon fixed it. My new scar is twice as long as the old one.

    I have a thumb spica brace to wear for awhile and starting hand physiotherapy for tendon and gentle nerve gliding soon.

     
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    Re: Recent Radial Nerve Surgery (left wrist), questions, help please!

    Glad to hear you are making progress and that you have a better understanding of what is going on. It sounds like he did a lot. It may take a bit to heal, and the progress may be slow, but one of these days you will look back and realize how far you've come.

    How are you doing with the thumb spica splint?

    Good luck with your therapy. I firmly believe that therapy really does make a difference in recovery.

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