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    Done tummy tuck. Nerve twitching in arm, bicep muscle weakness, thumb numbness. Permanent issue?

Posted on Thu, 4 Oct 2012 in Brain and Spine
Question: hi, i had a tummy tuck operation on friday and since then I have nerve twitching in my left arm and some bicep muscle weakness as well as a sort of numbness (feels like frostbite) in my left thumb. the sugeon says is was most likely due to being in a certain elevated position during the procedure. its day 3 now, should I be concerned about any more permanent issue?
Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal 48 minutes later
Thanks for posting your query.
The nerve twitching and muscle weakness in the arm is likely to be due to a temporary nerve stretching due to an abnormal arm position during the surgery.
This is a temporary change and the nerve is likely to recover in 7-10 days without any treatment.
Please do not worry. It is not likely to produce any long term damage to your nerves.
I hope this answers your query.
In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out.
Please accept my answer in case you do not have further queries.
Wishing you good health.
Dr. Praveen Tayal.

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