The evoked somatosensory potentials will give a definitive answer as to the state of the anastomoses graft and state of neuronal axon regeneration.
Somatosenaory evoked potentials (of a different nature, assessing the brain stem) are used to define cases of severe traumatic brain injury and establish legal criteria of brain death. The sensitivity as a diagnostic medium is impressive.
What you need to understand . . .
A lack of sustained charge at the anastomoses site, if shown, does not necessarily mean that your surgeon failed you or was incompetent. These are delicate grafts, at best.
The ability of a native axon to regenerate and grow and exactly reach its original motor end plate is a process rife with difficulties. There is no guidance or GPS system guiding the delicate axon. Regeneration is agonizingly slow. Rate of regrowth is 2 Cm or 1 inch per month, at best. Scar tissue often impede progress.
There are options for more advanced nerve transfers if this initial manner of repair (anastomoses and hopes for regeneration of the native axon) are less then hoped for.
But your initial surgeons, honestly, followed the best practice guidelines for care given your situation at the time.
I sit here, myself, in a body that has been harmed more by medicine than aided. The intestinal perforation that resulted in a 58 day hospital stay and permanent ileostomy was due to a domino effect of physician error. I have auto-immune Addison’s disease that was mis-diagnosed for 7 agonizing years. And more on my laundry list of “health problems.” I am on Palliative Care. My life is no picnic. But each day I get up, put both feet on the ground, and do the best that I can.
The fact is . . . well, . . . Life is inherently hard. Life is inherently unfair.
Make the best of your life, good or bad. Make the best of your strengths and capabilities. New opportunities will arise. Take advantage of them to create a life for yourself that has meaning and purpose. It may be a different life than the life you envisioned, but life truly is a process of constant change and adaptation. There is still a quality of life for you to experience and enjoy.
Pituitary failure, wide-spread endocrine dysfunction
Mixed connective tissue disorder
Extensive intestinal perforation with sepsis, permanent ileostomy
Avascular necrosis of both hips and jaw
Receiving Palliative Care (care and comfort)
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