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Hi all,

I had ulnar nerve transposition on October 27, 2009. I am a little over 3 weeks post op and am still in horrible pain.My surgeon told me that this was a difficult surgery, but I can't believe how long it is taking to heal.

A little history. I had bilateral carpal tunnel surgery in late January. Went back to work for only 3 weeks, and lifted an orthopedic tray and felt a pop. I originally thought the pop was in the wrist. Three days later, I started having numbness in my ring and pinky finger. Long story, which I will try to make shorter, workmans' comp said that the ulnar neuropathy was not related to the injury. Anyway, finally had the surgery, and I must say that the numbness is gone in the fingers, but it is now numb from the elbow down about 6 inches to the wrist. Anyone experience anything like this? And how long will the healing pain continue? I am still having to take pain medication, and am also on Lyrica.
Also wanted to tell you, the doc said (with the carpal tunnel surgery) - NO LIFTING over the head...I'm not sure what caused your "pop"...but I think you lifted too much too soon after the carpal tunnel surgery...allow yourself plenty of resting & healing time this go round...also the doc told me today that they will give patients pain medicine 8 weeks post op - I think that is what he said...I was taking them every 4 hours to start, but now just one at night, I didn't want to get too used to them. I take ADVIL for everything else...I pop 4 advils at a time as that is equal to one prescription strength Motrin...I'm not sure if that is good advice or not! But that is what I do (and really it doesn't much help with the arm pain and I'm not really doing that much anymore either). Don't lift anything heavier than a 2 liter bottle of pop! Rest that arm!
Hi guys. I had Carpal and Guyon release as well as a Subcutaneous Trans of the ulnar nerve on 10/5. My elbow is still numb and sore. But all the tenderness, numbness, pain, etc. is a result of the surgery. I no longer feel like the nerve is rolling/catching in my elbow. However, the pain I had in my pinkie before surgery has returned. I never really had numbness in my pinkie, just an ache like my bones hurt which sometimes goes into the ring finger as well. When I saw my surgeon at 6 weeks post-op and asked him when I should get concerned that the pain is still there, he said to give it a couple more months. Just this past week, I finally had the grip strength in my hand to open my own beverage (break the seal on the bottle). I'm not really taking anything for pain. Oh and my incision on my elbow is only like 2 inches long. The carpal/guyon were done through the same incision on my palm which is about an inch long.
Hi, my grip strength still s*cks also, I have trouble grasping a file and pulling out of drawer, this is maybe 5 weeks post op.
I'm just 17 days post-op for ulnar nerve transposition surgery. Just had the sutures taken out today. I also had cubital tunnel surgery at the same time. So far, the only real difference is a 1 1/2 inch scar on the palm of my hand and wrist, and an 6 inch scar on my elbow, but the numbness and tingling in my fingers has changed to a burning sensation. My doctor suggests a follow up visit in 2 weeks if the burning feeling doesn't subside, or 6 weeks if it does. Just curious....does anyone know what kind of physical therapy is recommended following this kind of surgery? Thanks!
I had ulnar nerve transposition and guyans canal release surgery 2/08. I am two years now post op. YAY! One thing you all must understand and hopefully this will serve to encourage you too, is that nerves take a while to heal. I would say, honestly, that I was well over a year before I my hand actually performed like I believed it should. My grip strength comes and goes. It seems it has a lot to with a cervical injury, if my neck is irritated, then the hand, pinkie and ring finger are weaker and the clumsiness of say dropping a telephone once again remind me, even though I am so much better than before surgery, I am not 100%. I would say my hand operates at about 60% strength as before and that is my new bar of 100%. I am 100% I always say. Attitude is crucial in dealing with a repaired body. The damage to my arm was from a t-boned auto accident. The impact threw me up against the door. Amazing how much damage, soft tissue, can happen in an instant.
It is difficult for many people to accept that they will have issues with healing and that the textbook replies of doctors about general healing time, may or may not apply to them. I certainly know the frustrations of that. I have eventually relearned how to grasp things to insure I don't drop them and am successful the majority of the time. It has eventually become a natural way for me to do things. My hand does become tired at times and I always know when the weather is going to change, I feel it deep in my elbow. The incision at the elbow is still numb, in a 2" by 5" area. I don't really notice it, unless there is an itch deep under the tissue, which oddly enough happens from time to time.
Hang in there folks and keep the dialogue coming.
Rose
Pain is just about gone, I'm using both hands to type today which is another big plus. Noticed some bruising under bicep but besides that I'm at 90%, which I figure is pretty good for 4 days post op.
[QUOTE=Northwest1;4243405]Pain is just about gone, I'm using both hands to type today which is another big plus. Noticed some bruising under bicep but besides that I'm at 90%, which I figure is pretty good for 4 days post op.[/QUOTE]

Its very good! Congratulations...haven't read your stuff so far (I'm at work now) but know that you may have ups & downs, focus on ups - relax about the downs. Happy healing!
What type of work do you do Northwest? With as well as it sounds you are doing I would have thought you were back to work. I went back to work this week, two weeks post op. I guess I am one of the lucky ones since I work in an office all day so that is nice for returning to work.
[QUOTE=JennHaneman;4264588]What type of work do you do Northwest? With as well as it sounds you are doing I would have thought you were back to work. I went back to work this week, two weeks post op. I guess I am one of the lucky ones since I work in an office all day so that is nice for returning to work.[/QUOTE]
Seasonal work-cooking on a vessel at sea. When I got off this last season I had 3 months on land so figured this would be the best time to get the operation-giving me a lot of room if something didn't go right with the procedure.

Edit 6/16-Finally found out exactly what I had done in detail-Right ulnar nerve decompression and anterior transposition, medial epicondylectomy and medial triceps muscle slip excision.
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Hi all,

I had ulnar nerve transposition on October 27, 2009. I am a little over 3 weeks post op and am still in horrible pain.My surgeon told me that this was a difficult surgery, but I can't believe how long it is taking to heal.

A little history. I had bilateral carpal tunnel surgery in late January. Went back to work for only 3 weeks, and lifted an orthopedic tray and felt a pop. I originally thought the pop was in the wrist. Three days later, I started having numbness in my ring and pinky finger. Long story, which I will try to make shorter, workmans' comp said that the ulnar neuropathy was not related to the injury. Anyway, finally had the surgery, and I must say that the numbness is gone in the fingers, but it is now numb from the elbow down about 6 inches to the wrist. Anyone experience anything like this? And how long will the healing pain continue? I am still having to take pain medication, and am also on Lyrica.[/QUOTE]
I had the surgery mar 2010...I have some sensitivity around the scar. What scares me is that the feeling and strenght was coming back and about 2 wks ago it took a turn for the worst...now its getting numb again...Its getting to the point where it was before the surgery...I have trouble gripping things. Anyone have this problem...and now I think the other hand is getting the same way.
[QUOTE=hacker33;4282962]I had the surgery mar 2010...I have some sensitivity around the scar. What scares me is that the feeling and strenght was coming back and about 2 wks ago it took a turn for the worst...now its getting numb again...Its getting to the point where it was before the surgery...I have trouble gripping things. Anyone have this problem...and now I think the other hand is getting the same way.[/QUOTE]

Hacker33,

I had submuscular transposition May 26th, 2010. So a little over 6 weeks post op. I too still have sensitivity around the scar. I was lucky and all the feeling came back after a few weeks except one dead spot in my palm which I still have. I was at Occupational Therapy this week and we were working on extension my arm and fingers starting tingling and going numb for the first time since surgery. It definetly is a scary thing to experience as the surgery is in part to correct that. Although rare, my therapist said that can be a sign that the nerve is slipping from where ever they tranposed it to. Again she did say this was very rare, especially for you since you are further out post op. Sometimes going back to therapy and working on sensory can help with reoccuring numbness and tingling. I too am very nervous about the numbness and tingling. I wish you the very best in your on going recovery. I will ask my therapist about it again and see what else she says and let you know as I find more out. I would definetly make an appointment with your orthopedic if you haven't yet. Like you, I have to have the same surgery done on my other arm, however I knew this before having the first one done.





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