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Posted By : Ghian Desilva - 7/27/2017 1:38 PM
Having this done on Monday the 31st.
Wondering if anyone can tell me what to expect after surgery ?
Thank you in advance.

Posted By : pitmom - 7/27/2017 3:28 PM
Hi Ghian, and welcome.

You don't say why you're having the surgery and that plays a part. Each surgery is different and people experience surgeries in different ways.

With that 'disclaimer' in place...I had an injury to my left elbow back in 1996 and 'dislocated' the ulnar nerve without breaking the bone. The dislocation went undiagnosed for 4 months because I also tore the rotator cuff in the left shoulder in the same incident which was operated on first.

When I finally was sent for an E.M.G. my function was only about 20% of function. The surgeon 'buried' the ulnar nerve in what muscle tissue he could. I'm 'diminutive' in his words...4'11" tall and was 87 lbs at the time. My scar is about 8 inches long, running pretty much where the ulnar nerve is normally found. I was casted for 6 weeks post op. Due to swelling, my cast had to be cut like a clam shell and wrapped in an ace bandage. After about 1 week, the swelling was no longer a problem.

Bathing was difficult as the cast could not get wet. The last few ulnar nerve people I've talked with have told me that they were not casted after surgery, so this may be the 'new' post op procedure. If you are casted, make sure you have some rubbing alcohol on hand to clean the skin around the cast...it will cut down on any odors from not being able to slough dead skin off under the cast/bandage. Don't try to wiggle your fingers or use the hand until the doctor tells you...you can cause a set back.

I didn't have too much pain issues...until they removed the cast. These days there are more medications that can be prescribed for nerve pain that were available back when I had my procedure. Make sure you ask your doctor about them as narcotics do NOTHING for nerve pain. Ice became my best friend! Ice and pillows! Pillows to pad the arm after surgery and keep it from moving around too much. I slept on the couch with the surgical arm towards the back of the couch. It was easier to get up from than a bed. It protected the arm from being bumped by my children or my dogs.

Your physical therapist will guide you on the rest of your recovery. Do not overdo! I cannot say that enough. As the muscles glide over the nerve they will irritate the nerve. It may take some time for the nerve to 'calm down' and adjust to the constant stimulation from the muscle movements.

I hope you find encouragement in that I was back to work, in a commercial laundry service, in about 4 weeks after the cast came off.

I'll hope for a successful surgery and a strong, speedy recovery for you!

Feel free to e-mail me, just click on my name to see my profile, and/or keep posting on here.
multiple surgeries for rotator cuff both shoulders with residual chronic impingement syndrome, ulnar nerve transposition, carpal tunnel release, wrist ganglionectomies/denervectomies/tenolysis, multiple herniated discs, tarlov cyst, whiplash, bursitis of hips, tendonitis, torus, 3rd degree shoulder separation, torn labrum, ovarian cysts, fibroid tumors of the uterus

Posted By : Ghian Desilva - 7/29/2017 12:35 PM
Thank you Pitmom. I had a tendon repair in Oct, and that left me with nerve damage in my ring and pinkey fingers. They did the E M G test and said the delay was bad. They think that when I had the tendon repair it may have taken longer then expected, which in turn may have caused the nerve damage.

Posted By : pitmom - 7/29/2017 1:06 PM
You are very welcome.

While I did physical therapy for the shoulder, then had surgery for the shoulder, then did more physical therapy to recover from the shoulder surgery, the whole time my ulnar nerve was 'loose' and rubbing over the boney protrusion, basically shredding it, like a rope over the edge of a cliff.

The good news is, some of it was still intact. The bad news is, the damage is permanent.

I have good function with the fingers but still numbness. I must be cautious as when my forearm comes in contact with something cold, my brain reads it as wet instead. Hot is still hot, thank goodness!

The burning sensation has calmed down to nearly imperceptible at this point, but can flare up if I use my hand too much, causing the forearm muscles to move over the nerve a lot.

Nerves do regenerate, to a point, and hopefully yours will have good return. Keep us up to date, please.
multiple surgeries for rotator cuff both shoulders with residual chronic impingement syndrome, ulnar nerve transposition, carpal tunnel release, wrist ganglionectomies/denervectomies/tenolysis, multiple herniated discs, tarlov cyst, whiplash, bursitis of hips, tendonitis, torus, 3rd degree shoulder separation, torn labrum, ovarian cysts, fibroid tumors of the uterus

Posted By : Ghian Desilva - 7/29/2017 1:26 PM
WOW, you and I have almost same history.
In 2015 had my accident, left me w/ two torn rotator cuffs and bicep tear.
While in rehab 6 months in torn my tendon in elbow.
That surgery left me with numbness in my fingers and pain when gripping.

Posted By : pitmom - 7/31/2017 8:11 AM
Today is the day! Hopefully, everything has gone smoothly. I doubt you'll be posting today, but I am thinking of you!
multiple surgeries for rotator cuff both shoulders with residual chronic impingement syndrome, ulnar nerve transposition, carpal tunnel release, wrist ganglionectomies/denervectomies/tenolysis, multiple herniated discs, tarlov cyst, whiplash, bursitis of hips, tendonitis, torus, 3rd degree shoulder separation, torn labrum, ovarian cysts, fibroid tumors of the uterus

Posted By : straydog - 7/31/2017 8:16 AM
Hello & welcome to Healing Well. I too hope today's surgery went great. I am so glad Pitmom saw your thread & posted, she has a lot of experience in this area.

Let us know how you are doing when you feel up to it.
Susie
Moderator in Chronic Pain & Psoriasis Forums

Posted By : pitmom - 8/17/2017 11:35 AM
Hoping all is well and that you might post an update soon.
multiple surgeries for rotator cuff both shoulders with residual chronic impingement syndrome, ulnar nerve transposition, carpal tunnel release, wrist ganglionectomies/denervectomies/tenolysis, multiple herniated discs, tarlov cyst, whiplash, bursitis of hips, tendonitis, torus, 3rd degree shoulder separation, torn labrum, ovarian cysts, fibroid tumors of the uterus

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