Recovery after surgery, what's yours been like.

Treatments, Rehabilitation, and Recovery
Gianni
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Recovery after surgery, what's yours been like.

Post by Gianni » Mon Oct 27, 2003 6:38 pm

I read these boards all the time and I have only heard of one person who has gotten almost 100% recovery. I would love to know what your experience has been, what stage post surgery you are at, what does your doctor tell you as far as what your recovery outcome should be. My son Gianni is now at one year post surgery and does not have much back except; he can bend at the elbow when his arm is lying on a table and he can shrug his shoulder now.
Best regards,
Maureen aka Gianni's mom

cbe411
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Injury Description, Date, extent, surgical intervention etc:MVA in 2001, nerve graph in 2002, Median Nerve Transfer in 2004 and an unsuccessful Gracillis Muscle Transfer in 2006. I am living life and loving it! Feel free to contact me :)
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Re: Recovery after surgery, what's yours been like.

Post by cbe411 » Mon Oct 27, 2003 8:28 pm

Hi Gianni,
I am two and a half years post injury and one month post secondy surgery. i have use of my hand, though my wrist is weak. I can shrug my shoulder and with my arm hanging down, I can swing it back and forth (looks like an elephant trunk kinda). I still get horrible pains in my hand but other than that not much pain at all. The surgery that I just had is to try and regain some elbow flection (biceps). My doctor said that I should start to see something in about a nother month or so and it will problly take about a year to really see what is going to be the functional use of the arm. If that doesnt work, I can then go for the grasilius (sp?) muscle transfer for elbow flection. Thats where I am at geel free to email me with more questions! courtney@ubpn.org
Courtney

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Re: Recovery after surgery, what's yours been like.

Post by Gianni » Mon Oct 27, 2003 8:44 pm

Hi,

Did you have your surgery with Dr. Kline?

cbe411
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Re: Recovery after surgery, what's yours been like.

Post by cbe411 » Mon Oct 27, 2003 8:54 pm

No Dr, Nath in TX (2nd)and Dr. Wolff in KY (1st)
Courtney

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Re: Recovery after surgery, what's yours been like.

Post by admin » Mon Oct 27, 2003 8:58 pm

Courtney, what kind of injury did you have?

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Re: Recovery after surgery, what's yours been like.

Post by Gianni » Mon Oct 27, 2003 9:01 pm

When was your first, what was done and long after your injury did you have the surgery?

cbe411
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Re: Recovery after surgery, what's yours been like.

Post by cbe411 » Mon Oct 27, 2003 10:03 pm

I had a nerve graph 9 months after my accident. It stabilized my shoulder and gave me more strength in my hand. The second was a month ago and it was a nerve transfer, 20% of the median nerve plugged into my biceps. Might not need any more. Time will tell.
Courtney

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Re: Recovery after surgery, what's yours been like.

Post by Gianni » Mon Oct 27, 2003 10:19 pm

Was your first surgery nerve graft. Gianni had nine nerve grafts done. They removed an 18inch nerve from his leg.

cbe411
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Injury Description, Date, extent, surgical intervention etc:MVA in 2001, nerve graph in 2002, Median Nerve Transfer in 2004 and an unsuccessful Gracillis Muscle Transfer in 2006. I am living life and loving it! Feel free to contact me :)
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Re: Recovery after surgery, what's yours been like.

Post by cbe411 » Mon Oct 27, 2003 10:28 pm

Yes I had a ceral (sp?) nerve graph done whnere they take the nerve from your leg. That was my first one.

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Re: Recovery after surgery, what's yours been like.

Post by EllenB » Mon Oct 27, 2003 10:33 pm

Just thinking... when you post on this thread with extent/timing of recovery from surgery, it would help if you also wrote the extent of the initial injury - perhaps which nerves were avulsed, which were stretched, etc.

Also, how about what was done in the surgery (like what nerves or muscles were transferred over, etc.) That would make it easier for purposes of comparison.

Thanks!

Ellen

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