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What is the recovery time for wrist drop surgery?

My husband had distal bicep surgery recently and by now should have returned function in his wrist and fingers. He does not- instead he has wrist drop . If surgery is required to fix this,presumably his radial nerve. How long is general is recovery? If surgery is not required and it is just a stretched or bruised never as a result of surgery- how long is recovery generally? Also. how often does this happen to patients? is it common?
Wed, 28 Jan 2015
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Hi,
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It i important to know the exact location and reason for wrist drop. Recovery might be slow and take weeks to months in some people. Supportive measures such as analgesics, steroids and anti convulsants should be given for weeks to months. Physical therapy is also important to avoid long term complications in mobility of the affected wrist. The main concern is to prevent complications arising out of wrist drop like deformity, loss of sensations and inability to perform movements. Medical causes such as diabetes and kidney disease should be treated. Nerve regeneration medications also cause early healing. Patients require at least 12 weeks or more to feel better in most situations of wrist drop under treatment.
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