Submuscular Transpostion of the Ulnar Nerve
recommend this to anyone unless they really need it, prevention
is better than the cure - I'm lucky in that it's not my dominant
hand. Living with one hand was tricky for a while, not being able
to open jars, taps etc. I now have motion from 15 degrees off
straight, and about 20 degrees off the others arms 150 degrees
maximum bent. They say 8 weeks from op (4th Dec) I can start to
lift heavy items, but it will be longer till the muscle fully
recovers and a year for the scar tissue to reach it's best. In
the meantime the only worry is the loss of flexibility which is
returning gradually. I hope to feel normal again (as normal as)
come March. Maybe in February I can get my bike of it's stand
;-) I wonder if the engine will still start . . . .
I may soon
have a copy of the 'in op' video . . . . If I post it, I should
warn you it contains graphic detail showing the open flesh and
the ulnar nerve cut from the boney tunnel and surrounding tissue.
The surgeon then had to cut a bit off the inside of the elbow,
cut the muscle to route the nerve under it, before re-attaching
the muscle - hence the long recovery. The ulnar nerve is what
gets knocked when you knock your funny bone ;-) not that I have
a funny bone any more, or at least not where it was.
I ride a motorcylcle (and I worry about the risk) I found it amusing,
as the ulnar nerve damage was kicked off by working at a poor
workstation for 8 weeks - so the next time someone tells me motorbikes
are dangerous . . . uhm . . .
If you want
to know more about the condition and what can cause it see these
links, one thing they show is the variable recovery times; http://www.eatonhand.com/thr/thr057.htm,