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can nerve damage repair itself?

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Dr. Eon Shin
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Hand Surgery 20 years experience
No: If the nerve is simply bruised, then the nerve damage may improve with time alone. However, nerve lacerations or direct injuries often require surgical exploration and direct repair in a timely fashion. For chronic injuries, nerve grafts may be necessary.
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
Sometimes: A broad question, because there are many ways a nerve can be damaged: compression (carpal tunnel), crush, cut, etc. A "bruised" nerve can heal itself; it grows back at about 1 inch/month. If the nerve is divided, it may occasionally heal, but more often needs surgical repair--and this doesn't always result in return of function.

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Could nerve damage really be repaired?

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Yes and no: A severed or ruptured nerve theoretically can be repaired surgically, but that does not guarantee complete healing and normal function. Nerves do have the ability to regenerate. New connection can be made to bridge the area of injury. This takes time and most healing will occur within the first year after injury. Ultimately, your body will do the best it can to heal the injury.
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Is there any way of repairing spinal accessory nerve damage for my left trapezius ? It's been 14 years

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No: Sorry. After this amount of time it is unlikely surgery or repair could do anything.

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