Recovery after surgery, what's yours been like.

Treatments, Rehabilitation, and Recovery
hdcrash
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Re: Recovery after surgery, what's yours been like.

Post by hdcrash » Mon Oct 27, 2003 11:37 pm

hey my accident was 8/6/02 i avulsed c5 c6 c7 and streched t1 c8 had surgery 1/13/03 intercostal nerve graft to bicep trapezious nerve transfer to shoulder just know starting to see some changes i can feel my shoulder doing things it wouldnt do before but its still not strong enough to do anything with but i can see a change

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 11:43 pm

My injury..... avulsed C5&6 streched C7 & T1.

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

Post by Gianni » Tue Oct 28, 2003 7:12 pm

Courtney,

Before your second surgery, could you bend at the elbow when your arm was lying on a table???

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 » Tue Oct 28, 2003 8:32 pm

No I have no biceps at all and very weak triceps. Dr. Nath said that he has had a good success rate with this surgery so I am hoping for the best. My head still knows how to do it but the muscle wont listen at all, not yet. Ina another month or so hopefully we will see something.

jennyb
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Injury Description, Date, extent, surgical intervention etc:January 1980 Yamaha RD200 vs 16 wheeler truck, result, 1 totally paralysed right arm. I was 21, now 54. I had no surgery, I don't regret this. Decided to totally ignore limitations (easily done aged 21) adapted very quickly to one handed life, got married, had 3 kids, worked- the effect of the injury on my life (once the pain stopped being constant) was minimal and now, aged 54, I very rarely even think of it, unless I bash it or it gets cold, then I wish I'd had it amputated :) Except for a steering knob on my car, I have no adaptations to help with life, mainly because I honestly don't think of myself as disabled and the only thing I can't do is peel potatoes, which is definitely a good thing.

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

Post by jennyb » Tue Oct 28, 2003 10:39 pm

Courtney, wasn't your bicep found to be firing and innervated, following the first graft, just not yet actually moving? Or was that someone else....

One thing to remember is that some people's injury recovers so quickly they never even reach a message board, and many of those who post saying they have just been injured but can move their fingers or other parts of the arm disappear, I'm assuming those people recovered fully. The people with mild injuries don't hang around, why would they... Have you ever woken up in the night with a 'dead arm' ? (Before the bpi I mean lol now it happens EVERY night!) You can't feel it and it just hangs there, then it gets severe pins and needles, then it gradually gets better, all in about a minute. That's probably as mild a peripheral nerve injury as you'd get, and they come in degrees from that mild to what some of us have....23 years and mines still not woken up! Those pins and needles have been firing for a while... One of my avulsions was probably incomplete as I got elbow flexion and shoulder shrug back spontaneously over 2 years post accident. It might even be a trick movement from back muscles rather than biceps proper, but it's no functional use to me without my hand and I'm still preparing myself and the family for amputation.
Complete avulsions are a bit different though....especially lower root avulsions C7,C8,T1. The length of arm the grafts have to grow down in adults makes it a bit dodgy, altho some bpi docs are now recommending surgery as soon as other injuries permit where avulsions are suspected, sometimes within hours, maybe those lower avulsions will respond to this. Here's hoping...

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 » Wed Oct 29, 2003 5:17 am

Jen,
After my first surgery there was nothing at all in my biceps. Just with in the last 6 or 8 months have they begun to "fire" so I guess you could say that before the second surgery my biceps were firing but not strong enough to do anything. Maybe I was a bit unspecific, thanks for helping me clarify Jen!

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

Post by lizzyb » Wed Oct 29, 2003 6:42 am

Hiya Courtney...just wanted to say that it is normally around 8-9 months that anyone having a nerve graft can expect to feel the first flickers of reinnervation. It's a slow process because the nerve grows so slowly and has so far to go in an adult. In my case, my intercostal nerve grafts took around 9 months to reach the muscle...after that it just got stronger and stronger. I can now bend my arm pretty strongly.

Liz

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

Post by EllenB » Wed Oct 29, 2003 12:51 pm

I have a question... in addition to the degree of motion you get after surgery, how much strength do you also see? I'm not having much luck getting anything specific from doctors.

Thanks,

Ellen

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

Post by lizzyb » Wed Oct 29, 2003 2:30 pm

It depends somewhat on the amount of atrophy...it's why a nerve graft, as opposed to a muscle or tendon transfer is usually done around 3-4 months post accident, sometimes up to 6-7 months. The later this surgery is done, presumably the less strength returns.

It seems reasonable to take into account fitness and strength levels at the time of the accident. Someone who is young fit and healthy will probably regain more strength in a re-innervated muscle than someonme whose only excercise was lifting pints. Guess which category I belong in!

Liz B :0)

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