Ulnar nerve damage since surgery 
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 Ulnar nerve damage since surgery

In December of  '95, my husband underwent surgery for an aortic aneurysm
in his abdomen. Since the surgery he has had numbness in his left hand and
arm. He is unable to spread his fingers apart and has no strength in his
hand. You can see the muscle deterioration. Although he feels nothing, his
hand is very sensitive to cool or  cold temperatures. He has been referred
to a hand therapist who said she couldn't help him. He has also seen a
neurologist who tested him with electrodes (gave him electric shocks). The
neurologist concluded he had severe nerve damage.  He indicated that my
husband would probably regain feeling in 6 to 9 months. He also said the
damage may have been caused by my husband's arms not being padded enough
during surgery, thus rubbing against the funny bone (Ulnar nerve). My
husband has seen no improvement in his condition. This is causing him much
frustration on his job, as he is an upholsterer and needs the strength in
his hands to  pull cover. He cannot accept some jobs due to this
disability, and is not as productive as he would normally be.

I would appreciate any advice as to what may have caused this condition,
what he can do to help regain feeling in his hand and arm, or what
recourse we have. I am really at a loss as to what steps we should take in
this matter.

Thank you,
Ellen Kennedy



Thu, 05 Nov 1998 03:00:00 GMT
 Ulnar nerve damage since surgery


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Quote:
>I would appreciate any advice as to what may have caused this condition,
>what he can do to help regain feeling in his hand and arm, or what
>recourse we have. I am really at a loss as to what steps we should take in
>this matter.
>Thank you,
>Ellen Kennedy


With my limited experience and knowledge, I would have to say that
the neurologist's suggestion is most likely correct.  If so, there
is little that can be done to hasten the recovery.  Nerves regrow
at about 1 cm/year, if I remember right, and so far there is no
known way to speed the process.  Wish I could help more.  A
neurosurgeon who specializes in peripheral nerve injury would,
IMHO, be the most knowledgeable person in this area, not to knock
neurologists at all.  Good luck.

David Hart
University of Washington School of Medicine



Thu, 05 Nov 1998 03:00:00 GMT
 Ulnar nerve damage since surgery

  Nerves regrow

Quote:
> at about 1 cm/year, if I remember right, and so far there is no
> known way to speed the process.  Wish I could help more.  A
> neurosurgeon who specializes in peripheral nerve injury would,
> IMHO, be the most knowledgeable person in this area, not to knock
> neurologists at all.  Good luck.

> David Hart
> University of Washington School of Medicine

Could someone verify that.   I was given the impression that
peripheral nerves grew back at a much faster rate than 1/cm year,
but maybe I am confusing cms and mms.

--

Department of Mathematics, Norwthwestern University
Evanston Illinois



Thu, 05 Nov 1998 03:00:00 GMT
 Ulnar nerve damage since surgery

Quote:


>  Nerves regrow
>> at about 1 cm/year, if I remember right, and so far there is no
>> known way to speed the process.  Wish I could help more.  A
>> neurosurgeon who specializes in peripheral nerve injury would,
>> IMHO, be the most knowledgeable person in this area, not to knock
>> neurologists at all.  Good luck.

>> David Hart
>> University of Washington School of Medicine
>Could someone verify that.   I was given the impression that
>peripheral nerves grew back at a much faster rate than 1/cm year,
>but maybe I am confusing cms and mms.
>--

>Department of Mathematics, Norwthwestern University
>Evanston Illinois

It depends on whose textbook you read and who your
neurology/neurosurgery instructor was, but I was taught, (and read)
that peripheral nerves will regrow at about 1cm/wk (ie. it can take
6-18 months to regain sensation in your big toe following a distal
nerve injury, if it can in fact heal).

Brian Devin



Wed, 11 Nov 1998 03:00:00 GMT
 Ulnar nerve damage since surgery

Quote:

>It depends on whose textbook you read and who your
>neurology/neurosurgery instructor was, but I was taught, (and read)
>that peripheral nerves will regrow at about 1cm/wk (ie. it can take
>6-18 months to regain sensation in your big toe following a distal
>nerve injury, if it can in fact heal).

>Brian Devin

I cut my index finger once, in the plane of the distal joint and on
the surface facing the thumb.  The cut was deep enough to leave a
numbness "shadow" about the size and shape of a finger nail.  The
"surgical instrument" was a piece of sheet metal i was working on ;-(
.
I got sensation back, fully, after a couple of years.

-dk



Sat, 14 Nov 1998 03:00:00 GMT
 Ulnar nerve damage since surgery

Quote:



>>  Nerves regrow
>>> at about 1 cm/year, if I remember right, and so far there is no
>>> known way to speed the process.  Wish I could help more.  A
>>> neurosurgeon who specializes in peripheral nerve injury would,
>>> IMHO, be the most knowledgeable person in this area, not to knock
>>> neurologists at all.  Good luck.

>>> David Hart
>>> University of Washington School of Medicine
>>Could someone verify that.   I was given the impression that
>>peripheral nerves grew back at a much faster rate than 1/cm year,
>>but maybe I am confusing cms and mms.
>>--

>>Department of Mathematics, Norwthwestern University
>>Evanston Illinois
>It depends on whose textbook you read and who your
>neurology/neurosurgery instructor was, but I was taught, (and read)
>that peripheral nerves will regrow at about 1cm/wk (ie. it can take
>6-18 months to regain sensation in your big toe following a distal
>nerve injury, if it can in fact heal).
>Brian Devin

Thank you, yes, it was 1 cm/week that I was trying to remember.
Of course, if I had been more than semi-conscious, and had
thought for a minute before posting, I would have realized that
1 cm/yr is too slow.  Apologize for the confusion, and thanks
for the correction.

David Hart
University of Washington School of Medicine



Sat, 14 Nov 1998 03:00:00 GMT
 
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