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Doctor insights on: Nerve Damage After Hysterectomy

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Dr. James Rotchford Dr. Rotchford
Addiction Medicine
37 years in practice
University of Washington School of Medicine
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If I have nerve damage two years after a total abdominal hysterectomy, will it be this way the rest of my life?

If I have nerve damage two years after a total abdominal hysterectomy, will it be this way the rest of my life?

Causalgia?: Finding someone qualified to assist you can often be problematic. Causalgia may be a label that helps you find proper help. There is always hope when it comes to relieving pain. I have had some good luck with low dose oral ketamine in similar cases.

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


Dr. L. Collins Dr. Collins
Gynecology
32 years in practice
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
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I had a total abdominal hysterectomy in April 2013. I am numb below the cut. Is this normal? Does this mean I have nerve damage?

I had a total abdominal hysterectomy in April 2013. I am numb below the cut. Is this normal? Does this mean I have nerve damage?

Numb after hyst: When we make the skin incision, we do have to cut through the small nerves at the front of the abdomen. It's very common for women to have numbness. In some women, the nerves regrow but not in all women. Many have some leftover numbness indefinitely.

Dr. Cynthia Palabrica Dr. Palabrica
Obstetrics & Gynecology
29 years in practice
Creighton University School of Medicine
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Will have hysterectomy, head will be 30 degrees lower than heart during 1-2 hr. Surgery. Have glaucoma should I be concerned about optic nerve damage?

Will have hysterectomy, head will be 30 degrees lower than heart during 1-2 hr. Surgery. Have glaucoma should I be concerned about optic nerve damage?

Surgery: Your concern should be discussed with your anesthesiologist who will be doing your case. Positioning during surgery should also be discussed with your surgeon. Your concerns can be addressed by modification in positioning, with the help of your anesthesiologist and surgeon.

Dr. Frederick Nahm Dr. Nahm
Neurology
23 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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Can you experience odd sensations from your nerves following a assisted vaginal hysterectomy. Have tingling and pulsating.?

Can you experience odd sensations from your nerves following a assisted vaginal hysterectomy. Have tingling and pulsating.?

Tingling: There are a number of reasons why you might have tingling or numbness following such a procedure. There can be local inflammation of the nerves, and not just compression or mechanical irritation. It depends very much where you are having the symptoms. This is important in attempting any further answers to your question.

Dr. Steven Vasilev Dr. Vasilev
Gynecology - Oncology
33 years in practice
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California
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Can damage to the obturator nerve during total laparoscopic hysterectomy cause the adductor minimus to have complete atrophy to nothing?

Can damage to the obturator nerve during total laparoscopic hysterectomy cause the adductor minimus to have complete atrophy to nothing?

Perhaps but why?: Any muscle that loses its innervation may atrophy, but in this case there is collateral innervation from a branch of the sciatic (tibial) & possibly an accessory obturator nerve. Bigger question is function. With physical therapy adduction is usually recovered, especially since there is also the adductor magnus & if damage was not total interruption it will also heal. If concern see neurosurgery.

Dr. Mark Cantieri Dr. Cantieri
Pain Management
36 years in practice
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Dr. Rebecca Gliksman Dr. Gliksman
Internal Medicine
34 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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Had hysterectomy 5 wks. Seroma drained 1 wk ago. Groin/abdomen/upper leg burning pain returned but worsening. Doc felt it might be nerve issue too??

Had hysterectomy 5 wks. Seroma drained 1 wk ago. Groin/abdomen/upper leg burning pain returned but worsening. Doc felt it might be nerve issue too??

Abdominal pain: You did not note why you had the hysterectomy. It could be related to that if ovarian or uterine mass issue. It could be nerve pain but also could be recurrent seroma or infected seroma or adhesions (scarring that occurs post op). Consider repeat CT/ultrasound. Discuss with your doctor/ER/urgent care.

Dr. Aileen Shieu Dr. Shieu
Surgery - Hand Surgery
16 years in practice
New York Medical College
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Can nerve damage heal?

Yes: If the damage does not cause the nerve to be completely cut, then healing can occur. If a nerve has been cut, it will need to be reconnected in order to grow. Nerve grows about 1 mm/day, so depending on where the injury is, it may take over a year for recovery. It is difficult after a nerve is cut to get 100% recovery, but some return of sensation can be expected after repair.

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Dr. Barry Press Dr. Press
Surgery - Plastics
40 years in practice
The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
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Can nerve damage repair itself?

Can nerve damage repair itself?

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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Dr. Bennett Machanic Dr. Machanic
Neurology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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Can nerve damage reverse itself?

Can nerve damage reverse itself?

Variable: Generically, if only the coverings of a nerve are involved (myelin), and healing begins, it will take about 4 weeks. If the central portion of the nerve fibre is involved (axon), recovery is the speed of finger nail growth (.1 mm daily). Depends on location, causation, and whether successful treatment is available.

Dr. Ronald Krauser Dr. Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
48 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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How permanent can nerve damage be?

Very permanent: Your question is not open to an answer because you offer no specifics. What nerve? How severe is the involvement?

Dr. Jimmy Bowen Dr. Bowen
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
30 years in practice
University of Alabama School of Medicine
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How do I know if I have nerve damage?

How do I know if I have nerve damage?

Nerve injury: An examination would be the place to start. If there is evidence of a nerve problem it could be further evaluated as to extent of injury with electro diagnostic testing.

Dr. Edward Shin Dr. Shin
Pain Management
26 years in practice
Temple University School of Medicine
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What should I do about the nerve damage?

What should I do about the nerve damage?

Nerve pain: You must be treated by a neurologist or pain physician. Do your best to try non-addictive pills first. Pain medicines, opioids, should be back up medicines and not your first choice.

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Dr. Ronald Krauser Dr. Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
48 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Dr. Jeffrey Wint Dr. Wint
Surgery - Hand Surgery
31 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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What is the definition or description of: nerve damage?

What is the definition or description of: nerve damage?

A: 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 surgical repair if needed.

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Dr. Ronald Krauser Dr. Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
48 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Can a emg cause nerve damage?

No: No it cannot. It is used to diagnose nerve damage but does not cause it.

Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
Pain Management
32 years in practice
UCLA School of Dentistry
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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.

Dr. Ronald Krauser Dr. Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
48 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Dr. Ronald Krauser Dr. Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
48 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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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