Possible Nerve Graft Surgery Friday 2/27: Then what?

Treatments, Rehabilitation, and Recovery
Joined:Mon Jan 05, 2015 11:09 am
Injury Description, Date, extent, surgical intervention etc:29 year old male with a TBPI from dirtbike crash in Cambodia, 25th November 2014. Right Arm, which is my dominant.
Possible Nerve Graft Surgery Friday 2/27: Then what?

Post by fisticuffs » Wed Feb 25, 2015 6:06 am

Hi everyone!

My name is Rich. I was involved in a motorcycle accident in Cambodia late-november and am just now about to get surgery in Brussels!

I have avulsions of my C6, C7 and C8 nerves, according to MRI done a month after the injury. Very good hand control, weak wrist extension and I can curl my wrist fairly well.

So yeah, I have exploratory surgery on Friday and I'm pretty freaked about it. I understand it can take months or years for results to appear, but what can I expect the month directly after the operation? They might take my sural nerves out, when can I walk again? How long will I be in the hospital?

Its been an interesting time. I'm an American, but live alone in a country I don't speak the language (french), so it's been a massive challenge finding specialists in this injury, but I managed!

The PTSD and lonliness is the hardest. I can't handle being in the quiet.

Joined:Tue May 05, 2009 11:51 am

Re: Possible Nerve Graft Surgery Friday 2/27: Then what?

Post by Master DIVER TOM » Fri Feb 27, 2015 8:55 am

Hi :shock:
Sorry :|
I am glad you found away to try to get help, Thats good, Get water therapy when you can hot tub and a deep massage will help to. For your hand get a rubber ball and squeeze it is great to get better grasp, ;)
PSTD and us trying ;)
Pick a post any post , just about :roll: :
Some way you found help or away to try ;)
How, why or how we get past PSTD come with a lot of Guts to try to adapt , The word is Tenacity to me and others posting here to, For Your Found Tenacity comes in trying, The best way to stay positive is the focus in trying and tenacity to do so, when PSTD shows up :evil: :twisted: .
I drove a Motorcycle with birth erbs, Keep posting when needed and read more post, There alot out here and Very positive outcomes ;) :D
Your really are doing great :shock:
I hope this might help :roll:

Joined:Wed Jun 28, 2006 9:08 pm
Injury Description, Date, extent, surgical intervention etc:Injured 5/11/86, had just turned 18 yrs old
Evulsed C5-T1
Intercostal into Bicep 10/86
Location:Los Angeles

Re: Possible Nerve Graft Surgery Friday 2/27: Then what?

Post by Dan » Sat Mar 07, 2015 12:43 pm

Hi Rich,

I hope the surgery went well and you have a better idea of the damage and what is possible going forward.

The question of recovery really depends on the surgery and what was moved around.

I suggest get back doing "life" again as quickly as possible, if you were athletic, get back to the sports you love, if you love art, get back doing art. Don't wait till you are "recovered" to do life again, start doing the things that bring you Joy every day, start today!

I suggest connecting with a few of the brachial plexus groups on Facebook. UBPN has a page and there one more that is very active. Not trying to stop people from coming here to post, the fact that the research and past help stays here is very helpful, unlike FB when it is posted, it goes away.

My best to you,