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Does pain return after surgery if resume work? 6 Years, 8 Months ago Karma: 5
I've read anecdotal accounts on the Web of how cubital tunnel pain will return after surgery if you return to the activity that caused you pain in the first place.

In other words, if using a computer caused my cubital tunnel syndrome, and if I have ulnar transposition surgery, and if I return to work using a computer after my surgery, will the cubital tunnel pain return as well?

This doesn't seem to make sense. Isn't the surgery supposed to release pressure on the nerve?

If anyone has had cubital tunnel surgery and experience with this issue, please comment.
 
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Re:Does pain return after surgery if resume work? 6 Years, 8 Months ago Karma: 0
I have heard the same thing. I go back to my hand specialist this Wednesday and I will ask him that question as I want to know as well. I had surgery exactly 4 weeks ago (ulnar nerve transposition) and I tell you that I am typing now with the left and right but I have to slow down and after a day of trying to use my arm normally, I cannot even move it for a few days. I Find that to be rather upsetting to say the least. I too wanted to be "fixed". I did not want to get surgery and not be able to do what I want to do after. I will reply to this after I see my DR. wednesday. Until then, take care!!
 
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Re:Does pain return after surgery if resume work? 6 Years, 8 Months ago Karma: 5
Good luck with your doctor appointment, Tammi. Hopefully you just need a little more time to heal and will be able to return to full function shortly. Do you feel like your doctor did and is doing a good job?
 
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Re:Does pain return after surgery if resume work? 6 Years, 8 Months ago Karma: 0
Take a deep breath and be patient. Nerves can take a very long time to heal. A physical therapist I saw a told me that doctors often fail to inform the patient that it can really be a full one, even to, years before you know the final outcome. Nerves take a long time to settle down after they've been monkeyed with. Some people might notice considerable improvement faster and never have a reappearance of symptoms. Others will notice good improvement soon after but get symptoms a year later. And still others might notice symptoms from the time of surgery onward. It's a very individual thing and I think it's really important not to expect too much too fast and to be patient with your progress. Try not to overdo it, but I know that's hard. I think a full day on the computer only four weeks after surgery is an enormous amount. Just an amateur speaking here. I haven't even had the surgery, but I've been reading quite a bit about it.
 
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Re:Does pain return after surgery if resume work? 6 Years, 8 Months ago Karma: 0
I have had carpal tunnel surgery on both hands, which followed with ulnar nerve transposition, both arms. My left was operated on almost two years ago, My right one year. Yes, it has came back in both arms, more in my left. I dont have the numbness at night, but with use. I have had nothing but trouble with my right. A slap tear in the bicept during surgery, which resulted in a frozen shoulder. Had to have surgery to fix that and clean up shoulder, now they r talking about cutting the bicept tendon loose so I can straighten my arm, which is still at a 45 degree angle. Think twice and do research before giving in to surgery. Not sure if I would do it all over again if I knew it could come back. Good Luck
 
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Re:Does pain return after surgery if resume work? 6 Years, 8 Months ago Karma: 0
I tracked down an article, though it's a bit dated (1970), about the success of the transposition surgery. It indicates that the longer you have had a problem before surgery, the more likely you are to have the same problem continue, even if more recent symptoms are relieved. Here is the link:

www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender....ez&artid=1700901

The "discussion" section is interesting and sheds some light, but I couldn't copy/paste it.
 
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