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Offline Cornish-knee

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Nerve graft?
« on: April 28, 2004, 12:40:53 PM »
Hi there
               i had a nerve graft 3 and a half mounths ago to fix my nerve at the front of the leg ( sorry dont know the name ), they used a sensory nerve from the back of the leg which left five scars. The graft they put in i think is doing fine ,because sensation is moving down the leg. My worry is will the nerve they took the graft from regrow or will it always be sensation less?
    can anyone help
                            Thanks cornish
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Re: Nerve graft?
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2004, 12:48:58 PM »
In my limited knowledge of nerves, I would think that it should grow to some extent.  My gp said that nerves do grow back, just sometimes they get a bit awry along the way.
What has your specialist said?  They will be the best person to ask.  Perhaps you could even do a search on google or something.  

Good luck and take care.
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Re: Nerve graft?
« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2004, 04:51:31 PM »
Hi,

Usually the leg nerve used as a graft is the sural nerve.  It's used because it doesn't do anything but sensation.  This means you don't lose any motor function.  Usually, they remove a piece of it when it's used as a graft.  Since the ends aren't close together, it typically doesn't regrow and the sensation in that area is usually lost.  That's the trade-off for hopefully regaining the function in the torn nerve.

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Re: Nerve graft?
« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2004, 05:21:26 PM »
thank for your responces,
  it was the sural nerve they used for the graft, i did ask my knee specalist about the nerve but he dosnt know much about nerve growth.
           i am also woundering has anyone else had a nerve graft? because my nerve seems to be re growing very slowly ( about a coulpe of cm in 3 1/2 months) so i was woundering how long it will take to regrow

   p.s  does anyone know of activities which will help nerve growth??

                          thanks cornish
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july 03  dislocated leg torn acl pcl and plc + torn nerve
Jan 04 plc and nerve graft

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Re: Nerve graft?
« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2004, 05:47:22 PM »
Hi,

Have you tried a google search on "nerve grafting"?  There's a lot of good info out there.  I haven't had a nerve graft, but I did have an incomplete nerve injury (ulnar nerve) in my arm after an elbow fracture back in 1998.  It takes months or even years before a nerve will get to its final functional level.  It never gets to 100% of the preinjury function either.

It's frustrating, because there's nothing you can do to speed it up.  It takes a really long time too.  Just keep doing your PT so that your muscles don't get too stiff.  As a warning, the nerves can act kind of screwy as they regrow.  

The very first sensation I regained was stabbing pain.  My OS kept telling me "bear with it, it's good and means the nerve is regrowing, it'll go away"  It took over a year, but eventually it did and I got back near normal function in my hand, except for some muscle weakness and mild residual numbness.  (Well, and I tore my ACL about 3 months later, so it gave me something else to concentrate on)   My nerve wasn't completely torn though.

Danielle
32 - R knee gone to hell
lat. meniscus 94
ACL, chondroplasty 98
Chondroplasty 99
Screw fell out into joint, med. meniscus, microfracture 99
MCL/med. capsule recon, med. meniscus 00
Chondroplasty 04
Chrondroplasty 1/05
OATS 4/05 for OCD lesion
AVN, MFC fracture 10/05