Posted 7/9/2018 1:46 PM (GMT -7)
Hi AJ110. I don't think Clink has been back since first posting nearly 2 years ago.
I hope 'no news is good news' and that Clink continued to improve.
Each injury is different, each surgery is different, each recovery is different.
I had my sub muscular transposition done after a 'smashing' injury and months of it not being adressed where additional damage to the nerve took place. I had, according to the e.m.g., only about 20-25% of the function remaining. Post op, I was placed in a cast for 6 weeks. Once that was removed, I began about 12 weeks of physical therapy. Stretching the joint, massaging the scar line, ice being rubbed along the scar and the new nerve 'track', a modality he referred to as 'points' where a stylus would be placed at various points along the nerve and a jolt would be sent through the stylus...very uncomfortable but I think is the reason I have such a good function now, so well worth it! They sort of 'forced' impulses back and forth along the nerve to help it regenerate.
I would experience burning, tingling and jolts of pain with no way to anticipate them and nothing to be done about them...except for ice. Somewhat counter productive to try to numb a nerve one wants to be working again! I sat with the forearm resting on the softest pillows I could find...slept in a recliner, so the arm could still be on the pillows, wore a special sling that had a band around my upper arm and one at the wrist, so as not to have that part of the forearm rubbing on anything...epsom salt soaks as often as I could as well.
Nerves are such a tricky thing. They take a loooonnnngggg time to heal...IF they heal.
As for another surgery...only you can decide. I looked into having another procedure done but the surgeon told me it would only have a 30% chance of giving me any added benefit of comfort. Not good enough for me to go through that pain and rehab again, so I chose to live with what I have. I am fortunate...I have use of both the ring and pinky fingers although little strength and still have numbness/burning. The more I use the hand, the more the forearm feels achy...epsom salt soaks still help with that.
Weigh your options. Have a chat with a physical therapist about what can be done post op.
I wish you the very best.
multiple surgeries for rotator cuff both shoulders with residual chronic impingement syndrome, ulnar nerve transposition, carpal tunnel release, multiple wrist surgeries, multiple herniated discs, tarlov cysts, whiplash, bursitis of hips, grade 5 right shoulder separation and torn labrum, ovarian cysts, fibroid tumors of the uterus