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Can A Median Nerve Cut During Rotator Cuff Surgery Be Repaired?

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Posted on Mon, 14 Jul 2014
Question: If the median nerve was cut during rotator cuff surgery can it be repaired.
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Answered by Dr. Alokkalyani (19 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
yes

Detailed Answer:
Hi I m dr Alok, pleased to answer your health related queries
Yes. By surgery, it is possible to 100% repair. Although chance of fully normal function is less if case is old
You need to see a specialist surgeon for this.
Hope this will help
Take care
Dr Alok
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vaishalee Punj
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Follow up: Dr. Alokkalyani (8 hours later)
How do you find out if it is cut. Is it X-ray or MRI or something else. When you said old how long did you mean after it was cut.
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Answered by Dr. Alokkalyani (45 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
MRI

Detailed Answer:
Hi
Clinical exam and MRI can tell you median nerve injury. Other test is nerve conduction study, but this is not a good test
Cut limit to consider old is mostly arbitrary. Usually it is one week
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Prasad
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Follow up: Dr. Alokkalyani (2 days later)
My wife had rotator cuff surgery on April 17th 2014. Since the surgery she has been in the same pain. It is her thumb, index finger and the one next to it. She said it is like a raw nerve and she cannot hold anything or squeeze those three fingers together but she has limited movement in them. We quite going to the surgeon that did the original surgery. We now have gone to another orthopedic Dr. who has sent us to a spine Dr. The spine Dr. has sent us to a pain management Dr. who has tried 2 times with a procedure thru her neck to try and stimulate the nerves by her spine. Originally this Dr. was going to do 6 procedures and now after 2 with no results at all she said she will do one more and if nothing works then she will try the next step to mask the pain. I think it is a pinched or severed nerve from the first surgery and the longer we wait the worse it could get. Should we now go to a neurosurgeon?
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Answered by Dr. Alokkalyani (6 hours later)
Brief Answer:
yes

Detailed Answer:
Hi, I m really sorry for all these problems.
I think you need to see a neurosurgeon and physiotherapist for the treatment. This is not just a pain management case only.
Probably your doctors also wants to give pain modulator medicines like gabapentin etc
Take care

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Can A Median Nerve Cut During Rotator Cuff Surgery Be Repaired?

Brief Answer: yes Detailed Answer: Hi I m dr Alok, pleased to answer your health related queries Yes. By surgery, it is possible to 100% repair. Although chance of fully normal function is less if case is old You need to see a specialist surgeon for this. Hope this will help Take care Dr Alok