Recovery time after median nerve was manipulated during wrist surgery?
May 19, 2009 4:27 PM Subscribe
How long after your median nerve was manipulated during wrist surgery were your fingers numb?
posted by nicwolff to Health & Fitness (8 answers total)
Last Saturday I severed a bunch of stuff (muscle, tendons, an artery) in my left wrist after breaking a big vase at what was otherwise a lovely wedding. Miraculously, I did not damage any major nerves, however, my tendon-reattachment surgery on Wednesday bruised the median nerve and now my thumb, index, and middle fingers are partially numb. The doctors tell me this was unavoidable and is common, but that it's impossible to know how long they will take to "wake up" - could be a week, could be months. I'm going to be religious about physical therapy, but I'd like to know: if you or yours have had operations that caused numbness in the hand due to median-nerve manipulation, how long before the numbness passed?