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Is surgery the only option for median nerve damage from being lacerated?

Is surgery the only option for median nerve damage from being lacerated?

That dpends: The nerve damage is rated three ways:1) numbness/little weakness, 2) major numbness/obvious weakness, 3) doesn't feel or move the hand. For the lattr two, in an acute laceration(not tearing injury) surgery to repair the nerve is best option. If the first type, then therapy and protective care will give the best outcome. ...Read more

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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I have median nerve damage and also missing a tendon below my thumb from having carpal tunnel surgery. Im hearing nerve grafts and im scared ?

I have median nerve damage and also missing a tendon below my thumb from having carpal tunnel surgery. Im hearing nerve grafts and im scared ?

Good operation: If it is for the right reason with the hand, it sound to me your surgeon thinking about delayed repair and nerve grafting for treatment of cut median nerve, those operations take long time to recover and you may have some revision in the future. ...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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How to know if I have nerve damage?

Nerve damage?: Please consult with your primary care physician or a neurologist for a thorough exam. ...Read more

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Could nerve damage really be repaired?

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. ...Read more

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What can happen if I have nerve damage?

What can happen if I have nerve damage?

Nerve damage: Nerve damage most often leads to either burning pain, weakness and numbness. The most important thing to do is to try to identify the cause of the nerve injury and if possible to treat it. ...Read more

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Can an ER diagnose nerve damage?

Can an ER diagnose nerve damage?

Definitely,: Er doctors and any doctor in general are trained to diagnosed nerve damage by providing complete neurologic examination. They also can request a consultation with a neurologist if needed. Take care. ...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