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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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How long does it usually take to recover from spinal fusion surgery?

How long does it usually take to recover from spinal fusion surgery?

How extensive?: Full bone healing can take up to a year, depending on the technique and materials used. Recovery from surgery can be in a few months for smaller, less extensive operations. However, long segment fusions can take much longer to recover from. ...Read more

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How long does it typically take to recover from meniscus repair surgery?

How long does it typically take to recover from meniscus repair surgery?

Crutches for 6 weeks: Most meniscal repair surgeries, whether done open or arthroscopically, require up to 6 weeks of limited weight bearing with crutches. Most surgeons allow at least the weight of the foot to touch the ground during that time. Physical therapy is geared at working on quadriceps function/strength and limited knee motion from 0-90 degrees. Bracing in extension for ambulation may be indicated as well. ...Read more

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How long does it generally take to recover from spinal fusion surgery?

Weeks to months: Recovery from a spinal fusion can be considered in two phases. The first would be a recovery from the pain of the procedure, which varies based upon the surgical approach used, the number of levels fused, and the associated pathologies treated. This takes about 2 to 4 weeks. The second phase, which is the actual bone healing, takes about a minimum of 5 months to occur clinically. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take to recover from hip preservation surgery?

How long does it usually take to recover from hip preservation surgery?

6-12 weeks is common: Hip arthroscopy comes in many flavors. Labral repair, debridement or reconstruction recovery can be shorter than when combined with significant bony removal as with trimming of the bone from the pelvic hip socket edge (acetabulum) or with the bump that can exist about the femoral head-neck junction. Precautions against applying too much force across the resected area of bone mandates crutches x6wk ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from an elbow injury without surgery?

How long does it take to recover from an elbow injury without surgery?

Depends.: Depends on what the problem is. Only a matter of weeks if its something like tendinitis. Or, it can take months if there is something more serious going on with the joint. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from arthroscopic shoulder surgery in general?

How long does it take to recover from arthroscopic shoulder surgery in general?

6-12 weeks: The time it takes to recover varies considerably depending on the person and the actual procedures done during the surgery. Arthroscopic surgery can be a simple bone spur removal or an extensive repair of a massive rotator cuff tear. In generally people are pretty sore for 2-3 weeks requiring narcotic pain meds. Most are in a sling for 6 weeks and require physical therapy 2x/week for 4-8 weeks. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from wrist fracture operation?

How long does it take to recover from wrist fracture operation?

Wrist operation.: This depends on your health and the specific bone as well as the reduction achieved. In optimal conditions this is 6-8 weeks but it can take significantly longer in the range of 14 weeks. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from spine surgery?

Varies: It varies tremendously. Some of the minimally invasive surgeries that we do have little if any down time. Other, much more extensive spinal surgeries may have recoveries that extend to several months. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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How long does it take to heal from tendone surgery in the hand?

How long does it take to heal from tendone surgery in the hand?

Depends: It varies, based on complexity of the repair, number of tendons corrected, and your general health. Your finger/hand may be immobilized for several weeks, and perhaps a few months before all recovery and rehabilitation is complete.Your surgeon will outline this in detail at your pre op visit. Good luck. ...Read more

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

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

Depends: This is a question that needs limits. Depends on the type of injury, the extent of the injury and treatments given. The hand is one of the most complex parts of the body. Injury can be minimal to severe. If joints are involved, tendons involved and nerves and vessels involved, it could take months to years to recover. Simple injuries anywhere from a few days to a week or so. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from neck surgery?

How long does it take to recover from neck surgery?

Depends what surgery: Most of the common neck surgery require very brief time to recover , will go home same day or next day some like radical neck resection, laryngectomy ( removal of voice box ) will take wks even months as they require extensive post op rehabilitation, like voice training stomal care etc ...Read more

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How long does it typically take to recover from key hole surgery?

How long does it typically take to recover from key hole surgery?

Depends: The operation itself takes little time- and wounds heal in six weeks, you will feel normal in a few days. Whatever they do inside dictates more the recovery than the holes for surgery. ...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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How long does it take to recover from thumb release surgery?

How long does it take to recover from thumb release surgery?

Thumb release: Varies but most of my patients report improvement at their first post-op visit at 1 week when the dressings come down and more so when the stitches come out at 2 weeks postoperative. On average, if they have had a work note filled, then they are back to work between 2 - 4 weeks. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from neck disectomy and hardware replacement surgery?

How long does it take to recover from neck disectomy and hardware replacement surgery?

Long time: Even though skin wound heals quickly, bone healing can take longer time upto 6to 12 months. ...Read more

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How long approximately does it take to fully recover from a hand fracture?

How long approximately does it take to fully recover from a hand fracture?

6 weeks: Fractures usually take 6-8 weeks to heal, although proper immobilization, genetics, use of tobacco, nutritional status and environmental factors can change this timeline. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from ankle surgery?

How long does it take to recover from ankle surgery?

Depends: It depends on what procedures where performed and how they where performed. Talk to your surgeon. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from sternotomy surgery?

How long does it take to recover from sternotomy surgery?

Sternotomy: Sternotomy is the cutting of the sternum, a bone, to access your heart and chest cavities. The bone is wired close with several wires. Like any bone, takes 6 weeks to heal to 80%. Your surgery team will be the best to tell you specifics about your case. Also your surgery team will know what operation was done using the access provided by sternotomy. ...Read more

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