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Undergone trigger thumb surgery and still feeling numbness in thumb. What to do?

Jul 2013
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I had trigger thumb surgery 5 weeks ago it is still numb down half of the thumb is this normal. regards XXXXXXX
Posted Fri, 30 Aug 2013 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Answered by Dr. K. Naga Ravi Prasad 39 minutes later
Hi, thanks for writing to XXXXXXX

A trigger thumb release surgery should not lead to numbness in strict sense.

Numbness could be the result of compression of the digital nerve during the surgical procedure. If it is only Neuropraxia (concussion of the nerve), it will recover spontaneously within 6-8 weeks without any issues.

Daily supplementation of neurotropic vitamins like Vit B12 may be helpful in bringing down the numbness.

If the numbness is still persisting after 2 months, then nerve conduction studies are necessary to establish the extent of injury to the nerve.

Hope I have addressed your issues. Happy to help for any more clarifications.

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Follow-up: Undergone trigger thumb surgery and still feeling numbness in thumb. What to do? 18 hours later
thank you very much for your help
Answered by Dr. K. Naga Ravi Prasad 21 minutes later
You are welcome.

Have a great day.
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