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Re:Ulnar Nerve Subcutaneous Transposition Recovery 2 Years, 11 Months ago Karma: 0
Oddly I wasn't suggested for physical therapy and got my range back really quickly. I am a active and healthy thirty year old so that may help, not suggesting others on here aren't healthy, just providing context for anyone who reads this.

It does seem recovery is rather individual and I guess surgeon related then. I still have bruising and numbness three weeks on. My surgeon yesterday didn't seem that surprised, as he put it "the nerve gets beaten up badly in the op".

I have to agree that I have had a few surgeries due to various sporting mishaps and this one seems pretty bad. The decompression surgery was nothing in comparison.
 
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Re:Ulnar Nerve Subcutaneous Transposition Recovery 2 Years, 11 Months ago Karma: 0
A month on and the arm is improving and I can do more and more with it. However, still tingling and numbness. If I tap on the side of the elbow where it seems the nerve now is I get a good amount of tingling. Does seem a slightly odd place to put a nerve to protect it but studies seem to suggest it is ok there.

I think surgeons need to warn you more about how the recovery goes because I didn't expect to be significantly worse four weeks on after the operation than before I went in.
 
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Re:Ulnar Nerve Subcutaneous Transposition Recovery 2 Years, 11 Months ago Karma: 0
I'm 6 & 8 months post-op and I still have that wierd feeling along the nerve, especially when it's rubbed on clothing, and can feel the nerve move around. Doc said that he did tuck some fat around the nerve to protect it a bit (too bad he didn't take some fat from other areas...I have some to spare...lol). I had wondered why my elbows look odd and it seems I still have swelling around the incision and nerve area. I try not to tap it as it gives me the heebie jeebies.

I agree 100% on the surgeons being more upfront when it comes to recovery expectations. My surgeon led me to believe I'd be good to go back to work 3-4 weeks out. Instead, I came to the realization I would not be able to perform work as an EMT.

On a positive note, I do get more opportunity to do stuff around the yard (hubby built me raised garden beds) and house (as tolerated), as well as being able to spend more time with my kids.

I hope your recovery continues to progress positively!
 
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Re:Ulnar Nerve Subcutaneous Transposition Recovery 2 Years, 10 Months ago Karma: 0
Well I havent had a chance to start a job yet, I just finished my post-graduate studying in Computing.

Five weeks on now since my op. Still some numbness in the fingers. Feels less anoying but that might be down to be used to it rather than improvement. Sometimes it feels painful to touch the fingers, not much just a little. Seems pointless for me to guess whether it is good or bad, just have to wait it out. Ibuprofen seems to still help with it, so I guess that implies swelling still there.

More positively is the arm is getting much better. Can do press-ups without pain although I can feel the nerve tingling a bit at the bottom of the motion. Swinging a light kettlebell was somewhat painful in the elbow area. And stretching the forearm muscles has some pain and tightness too. I am not over doing though. But I need to hit the gym soon or I may go insane! The surgeon said two weeks ago I could but that must have been a joke, way too much pain then.

Obvious bruising almost gone but there is a generally light discoloration there and the elbow looks a little swollen.
 
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Today is 5 weeks to the day since my surgery. While it has not been easy by any stretch of the imagination, I am starting to see a lot of improvement. As of today, the following is where I am:

Pre-surgery issues:

1. Pinky finger/outside of hand - still significant numbness
2. Ring finger - variable, but overall improved
3. Wrist/forearm numbess and stiffness - completely improved, just slight stiffness now

Post-surgery "new" issues:

1. Incision - still healing, still painful
2. Surface area around elbow very numb
3. Feel hard knot of scar tissue under the skin between incision and elbow
4. Get "nerve jumps" that feel like a thin hot wire is being placed on my arm. Not terribly painful, but not exactly comfortable.
5. Range of motion coming back very slowly, but still can't really lift anything, or bear any weight on that arm
6. I am typing this with two hands, but feel some pulling and stretching in the forearm and elbow.
7. Fingers still swollen
8. Tendons, muscles, elbow joint all still very, very tender
9. Occasional burning - not sure if it's the nerve or the incision
10. Overall energy etc is still very low.

However ...having said all this - I take one Advil a day, and feel that I am probably healing well compared to what I have heard/read. I think the most important thing is to REST the arm and let it heal. Pushing it seems to be counter-effective.

I see the surgeon on Monday ...Will update again afterwards.

Hope everybody feels better soon!!
 
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Re:Ulnar Nerve Subcutaneous Transposition Recovery 2 Years, 10 Months ago Karma: 0
I am glad you mention this one: "7. Fingers still swollen". I thought I was making it up that my little finger was slightly swollen.

It is interesting that you have been avised to rest it, yet my surgeon seems to think I should use it as much as it can tolerate. This means I have bad days like yesterday where it is quite sore. I do think I need to rest more than he seemed to suggest.
 
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