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Dr. Olav Jaren
1,343 doctors shared insights

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 had a nerve block in my neck during and after shoulder surgery it was causing ringing in the ears so I discontinued it the ringing has never stopped what can I do?

I had a nerve block in my neck during and after shoulder surgery it was causing ringing in the ears so I discontinued it the ringing has never stopped what can I do?

Tinnitus: Tinnitus is not a disease, but a condition that can result from a wide range of underlying causes. Sometimes spontaneous, Aspirin toxicity or in your case, possibly related to your surgery and something as simple as a potassium imbalance. This explains the many home remedies you .
It might be best to consult with an ENT for a complete workup as this may or may not have been related to your surgery. ...Read more

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Can my neck/arm pain be a result of bankart repair shoulder surgery 2yrs ago? nerve pain from neck down left arm, started 6 months after surgery

Can my neck/arm pain be a result of  bankart repair shoulder surgery  2yrs ago? nerve pain from neck down left arm, started 6 months after surgery

Probably not: If you had a bankart repair and did well for 6 months and started having neck pain running down your left arm, it is more likely coming from a "pinched nerve" in your neck. Bankart repairs are done primarily for instability, so if you have not developed recurrent instability, it is probably not your shoulder, also shoulder problems do not typically cause pain running down the arm. Be seen! ...Read more

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When someone has a mammogram is the arm and hand suppose to get numb why the test is preformed? I had a inter scalene nerve block shoulder surgery

When someone has a mammogram is the arm and hand suppose to get numb why the test is preformed? I had a inter scalene nerve block shoulder surgery

See below: A mammogram does not cause numbness in the arm and hand. The position you had your arm in during the procedure could have put some strain on your neck so i would go to an urgent care center or your local doctor if the symptoms persist. ...Read more

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I had shoulder surgery last may an had shots in my neck.But i've had a knot in my trap for sooo long an i've done massage, pt, chiro. Y won't it go away?

I had shoulder surgery last may an had shots in my neck.But i've had a knot in my trap for sooo long an i've done massage, pt, chiro. Y won't it go away?

Trapezius strain?: I am unclear as to why you had injections in your neck. Are you referring to an epidural injection for a cervical spine condition? The painful muscle spasm in the trapezius can be due to referred pain from the neck or myofascial pain or related to shoulder surgery.. If pain is deemed muscular you may benefit from a trigger point injection. Best to f/u with your doctor for further recommendation. ...Read more

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How long does shoulder surgery take?

How long does shoulder surgery take?

Can't say...: Too much depends on exactly what procedure is performed - and if you are referring to surgical time or recovery time. ...Read more

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How can I speed up shoulder surgery recovery?

How can I speed up shoulder surgery recovery?

Quit smoking: Recovery from shoulder surgery can be improved by not smoking which delays wound healing. Diabetics must maintain their blood sugars at appropriate levels. Patients must follow physical therapy and home exercise programs exactly. Proper nutrition is important. Cold therapy (ice) machines have been shown to significantly improve pain levels as well. ...Read more

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Tips for recovering from arthroscopic shoulder surgery?

Tips for recovering from arthroscopic shoulder surgery?

Follow instructions: Different procedures will require different rehab protocols so discuss this in detail with your surgeon. In general, use a lot of ice, don't overdo the activity, follow your doctor's and physical therapist's instructions, and call if you have any questions. You will usually be in a sing for a few weeks. Also, if given the choice, have the anesthesiologist perform a regional anesthetic nerve block. ...Read more

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Is pain and stiffness 6 weeks after SAD shoulder surgery normal?

Is pain and stiffness 6 weeks after SAD shoulder surgery normal?

Pain/stiffness occur: Pain and stiffness is definitely common at just 6 weeks after a subacromial decompression of the shoulder. Physical therapy and NSAIDs will help. Expect a steady improvement in motion, pain relief and overall feeling better between 6 and 12 weeks after similar surgery. ...Read more

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What are the best exercises after having arthroscopic shoulder surgery?

What are the best exercises after having arthroscopic shoulder surgery?

Depend: That depends on the surgery. That should be discussed with your surgeon who can probably refer you for physical therapy specific to the type of surgery done. ...Read more

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Is nitric oxiode given with IV general anethesia for arthoscopic shoulder surgery?

Is nitric oxiode given with  IV general anethesia  for arthoscopic shoulder surgery?

Nitrous oxide?: Nitric oxide is not an anesthetic, though sometimes it is used during surgery to lower blood pressure in the lungs. Nitrous oxide is a weak anesthetic gas, and could be used. Often shoulder surgery is done under nerve block with sedation. If general anesthesia is planned, this could be done with IV medications only or with a gas such as sevoflurane or Desflurane that is inhaled. ...Read more

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My boyfriend doesn't want any general anethesia for his arthoscopic shoulder surgery.. What is another alternative for this?

My boyfriend doesn't want any general anethesia for his arthoscopic shoulder surgery.. What is another alternative for this?

Regional: Regional anesthesia is an option, pending anesthesiologist review , ability, comfort and institution traditions. ...Read more

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Is wrist pain common after shoulder surgery?

Yes: After shoulder surgery, any swelling that occurs will typically travel down and down and down. It ends up around the elbow and the wrist. Because of this, the outside of the elbow and top of wrist both often hurt after shoulder procedures such as shoulder arthroscopy or shoulder replacement. ...Read more

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What are the risks of arthroscopic shoulder surgery?

Same 4 other surgery: Any surgery has a risks of pain, infection, damage to neurovascular structures or worst of all, failure. In general arthroscopic surgeries have a lower rate of infection than similar open procedures. Arthroscopic surgery provides better visualization with less soft tissue damage. Typically the recovery is faster and there is less pain than with open procedures. ...Read more

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What are the risks associated with arthroscopic shoulder surgery?

What are the risks associated with arthroscopic shoulder surgery?

See list below: Risks of shoulder surgery include but are not limited to: incomplete relief of pain, incomplete return of function, infections, stiffness, crps, nerve injury: axillary nerve, brachial plexus, fluid extravasation, chondrolysis, hematoma, chondral injury / arthritis, dvt/pe. ...Read more

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Is swelling in the feet common a day after shoulder surgery in a healthy individal?

Probably: Most likely yes. After a surgical procedure - especially requiring anesthesia (being put to sleep) - the IV fluids that are given are not quite in the right compartment of the body yet. Therefore, some swelling can be normal. Massive swelling that is asymmetric (is your other leg swollen?) can be a problem after surgery. Blood clots can occur in certain individuals that are post - operative. ...Read more

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What is the best way to sleep after arthroscopic shoulder surgery on the side you usually sleep on?

What is the best way to sleep after arthroscopic shoulder surgery on the side you usually sleep on?

Reclining chair: People are generally most comfortable sleeping in a reclining chair for 2-3 weeks after shoulder surgery. Icing the shoulder and ice machines are very beneficial as well. ...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