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Ulnar Nerve Subcutaneous Transposition Recovery 3 Years, 4 Months ago Karma: 0
It has been just over a week since my surgery (26th April) and the pain has improved to just needing ibuprofen, still some swelling and impressive brusing. But the nerve seems very irritated, lots of pins and needles and numbness, somewhat related exactly how I have the arm, but it is always there. The problem before, well since the decompression 18 months ago, was mainly pain at the elbow and a lot of subluxing not pins and needles that often. Just wondering how other peoples recovery went?
 
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Re:Ulnar Nerve Subcutaneous Transposition Recovery 3 Years, 4 Months ago Karma: 0
I had submuscular transposition in Oct. 2009. I was free from the pain of the operation in about a week. The swelling over the muscle took 9 months to a year to go down. I still have the numbness and tingling in my fingers though.

My hand is stronger now than it was before the operation but I'm still a weakling compared to a healthy person.

Good Luck with your progress!
 
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Re:Ulnar Nerve Subcutaneous Transposition Recovery 3 Years, 3 Months ago Karma: 0
The pain has nearly all gone and I have full range of arm movement after two weeks. But the fingers are still partially numb. I had the operation to avoid it getting worse, sadly it seems the op has done that! I see the surgeon in five days so will see what he has to say about it.
 
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I had subcutaneous anterior transposition on 4/27. I am really jealous that you have full range of motion, because I'm not even close. In fact, it seems to be getting worse - today I could barely move my arm at all. It hasn't helped that the incision got irritated (not infected, but had a blister near one of the sutures which caused incredible pain and definitely a setback in ROM) ...I start therapy on Monday. As for numbness - yes it is still there in my pinky, but the rest of my hand/arm is already improved.

How quickly were your sutures taken out? Mine were removed in 1 week ...seems a little soon to me. My biggest complaint aside from that is some pretty intense muscle/ligament pain right in the elbow. Do you have this?
 
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Re:Ulnar Nerve Subcutaneous Transposition Recovery 3 Years, 3 Months ago Karma: 0
My surgeon was quite keen on me getting it moving very soon after the op. So I had the bandage off after a couple of days and a week after I had all the dressings off. I have disolvable sutures so no need to do anything there.

When I had decompression it took a month to get full range of motion so it seems a little variable. And maybe six weeks for the tingling after surgery to go.

With this the pain seemed to have eased off but as I have started to use the arm a bit more it has come back quite a lot so I am taking it more easy again. The pain does feel like it is inside someewhere and hard to pinpoint. The scar doesnt feel to bad at all. Still some brusing and swelling and it is 18 days since the operation.

The decompression 18months ago solved most of my numbness but left the nerve to sublux in what I can only describing as a pinging sensation which wasn't fun at all. So I decided on transposition to solve that but now have numbness but I guess it needs time. Will see the surgeon in a couple of days and see his thoughts. The recovery does seem to have ups and downs and is longer than I expected.
 
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Re:Ulnar Nerve Subcutaneous Transposition Recovery 3 Years, 3 Months ago Karma: 0
I had subq transposition surgeries done to both arms. The left arm was done Aug '10 and the right Nov '10.

With both surgeries, the finger tingling was gone rather quick. The doc did caution me by saying that nerves heal on average 1 mm per day.

The incision on the left healed quickly...the biggest problem I had with this arm was the physical theripist was to forceful and I had tendons seize. I d/c'd therapy and the tendons relaxed and I seemed to heal well.

The right has been slower to recover, six months later. I ended up quitting my job as an EMT because of the pain. I've had one cortozone injection, which didn't help. I also had a considerably sized fluid pocket right over the transposed nerve that had to be drained. The area around the elbow is numb, but is just beginning to go away on the left.

The tingling is making a comeback in the fingers of both arms. I'm giving it another year.

This surgery has been more difficult than any surgery I've ever had and I made the mistake of not staying on top of the pain.
 
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