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How long does nerve damage typically take to recover from hand surgery?

How long does nerve damage typically take to recover from hand surgery?

Roughly 1mm/day: Peripheral nerves, if cut of severely bruised/crushed, can regrow/regenerate but the rate depends greatly on the age of the patient and the presence of other medical problems. Young, healthy patients typically regenerate ~1mm/day but there is a lot of variability. A lot also depends on the severity of the injury itself. ...Read more

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Dr. Olav Jaren
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Nerve Damage (Definition)

A complete nerve transection will leave an area totally numb. The distribution of the numbers depends upon where the nerve was cut. A partial nerve injury may leave the area tingly or incompletely numb. Finally even if the nerve is not cut the swelling and bruising to the tea can affect the nerve as well. Usually we consider sharp penetrating injuries as likely having nerve lacerations when sensation is lost. A hand surgeon can examine the hand and pinpoint the site or extent of nerve injury and recommend ...Read more


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Gud morng doctor, vikesh from india(hyderabad) i had a surgery to fix median nerve.How long does nerve damage take to recover from hand(age25)?

Gud morng doctor, 
vikesh from india(hyderabad) 
i had a surgery to fix median nerve.How long does nerve damage take to recover from hand(age25)?

When was surgery?: It can take some time to recover. Fundamental, entails this depends on the reason for surgery and if any baseline permenant damage existed prior to surgery. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of nerve damage in the hand after rotary cuff surgery?

Edema: Swelling in the shoulder can cause transient nerve compression at the level of the brachial plexus. This would result in numbness and parathesias of the upper extremity. ...Read more

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6mnths ago had large lipoma removed wrist. Came out of surgery numb hand. Still is and very limited movement. Done by gastro surgeon. Nerve damage?

6mnths ago had large lipoma removed wrist.  Came out of surgery numb hand.  Still is and very limited movement. Done by gastro surgeon.  Nerve damage?

Hand surgeon: Nerve damage after wrist surgery is a well know possibility even the best of hands. It can take up to 1-2 years, butay reaolce on its own. Consider however a second opinion from a hand surgeon - usually a plastic or orthopedic surgeon. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Had nerve entrapment in cervical spine with repair surgery in 2010. Have nerve damage in the medial side of the arm to thumb. I get sporadic spasms in the arm that locks my hand and fingers. Cause?

Had nerve entrapment in cervical spine with repair surgery in 2010. Have nerve damage in the medial side of the arm to thumb. I get sporadic spasms in the arm that locks my hand and fingers. Cause?

As above : What is the question ? If u want treatment ask u physician . But. U need to remember some times pain can be chronic and medication r to nake it more tolerable and not to cure it. In addition physical therapy may be helpfull. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from a hand surgery?

How long does it take to recover from a  hand surgery?

Hand surgery: This is a complex question. Recovery depends on the surgery and the problem. Hand fractures require approximately 6 weeks for recovery. Tendons may require longer. Also comorbidities such as diabetes, etc prolong healing time ...Read more

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Is this nerve damage i had neck sergery this past october, when i got back in my room i had no use for my right arm and hand. Now i can only raise my arm a little from my side, and raise my arm a little streach out in front of me. My hand and fingers is n

Is this nerve damage i had neck sergery this past october, when i got back in my room i had no use for my right arm and hand. Now i can only raise my arm a little from my side, and raise my arm a little streach out in front of me. My hand and fingers is n

Hello. : Hello. It is very important to advise your neurosurgeon about this. It is quite common to have symptoms after surgery as often nerve roots become irritated by being handled. However your surgery was about five months ago. Your symptoms could be impacted by obstructed nerve flow or obstructed blood circulation (as well impeded lymphatic flow). This needs to be evaluated. Take care. ...Read more

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Is this normal or is it nerve damage i had neck sergery this past october. When i got to my room i had no use for my right arm and hand. Now i can raise my arm a little from my side and in front of me. My right hand amd fingers is swollen now my left hand

Is this normal or is it nerve damage i had neck sergery this past october. When i got to my room i had no use for my right arm and hand. Now i can raise my arm a little from my side and in front of me. My right hand amd fingers is swollen now my left hand

Lasting : Lasting numbness and weakness of part or all of a limb is usually caused by damage to the brain or spinal cord, or to a nerve or nerves. A surgeon or physician (doctor) can evaluate new or worse problems and help answer questions about progression or recovery. Limbs that are weak or numb can also become swollen. Sometimes this is because they are not being used, but there are other causes that are more serious. Swelling that is new is a reason to see a doctor quickly. ...Read more

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How long does swelling typically last after hand surgery?

How long does swelling typically last after hand surgery?

Depends: Some amount of hand swelling after hand surgery is normal. The amount of hand swelling depends on the condition and the treatment needed for the condition. Is important to control the swelling mostly with elevation and keeping the fingers moving. If this fails occupational therapists can help to reduce the swelling. ...Read more

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Dr. Sam Markzar
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Neuropraxia (Definition)

Neuropraxia is defined as a temporary loss of function of the nerve. Some nerves are purely sensory while others carry both sensory and motor fibers. Traumatic contusion injuries to nerves or nerve compressions can cause Neuropraxia. Sensory nerves like sural nerve in the leg or mixed sensory and motor nerves like the median and ulnar nerves in the forearm & hand ...Read more


Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more