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Nerve Damage (neuropathy) as a Side Effect of Surgery

How it happens. What can be done for relief? 

Often, during the course of surgery it is possible that nerves may become damaged.  This is called neuropathy.

Causes of nerve damage during surgery include the scalpel, a bruise that occurs on the nerve, inflammation of the tissue around the nerve, forces caused by patient positioning during surgery, or prolonged contact with rigid surgical equipment.

Prolonged stretching or compression of tissue surrounding a nerve hampers circulation and can deprive the nerve of nourishment. These effects can lead to nerve damage, which may be temporary or permanent.  

There have been studies done in 2010 by Mayo Clinic that found that in some cases nerve inflammation may be the cause following surgical procedures saying that it was not the surgeon's fault but the immune system attacking the nerves.

The Mayo Clinic study found that nerve inflammation may cause pain, numbness and weakness following surgical procedures.

Although anyone undergoing surgery runs a risk of nerve damage, patients who have diabetes mellitus, cancer, a vitamin deficiency, or a history of previous injury have an increased risk. Other risk factors include smoking, alcoholism, obesity, a preexisting limitation in joint movement, personal or occupational habits that cause repeated bending of an extremity, or a lengthy surgical procedure.

This damage can be the result of all types of surgery.

In some cases the nerve damage will go away over time, as the injured portion of the nerve heals or the inflammation goes away. In other cases, the neuropathy is permanent unless the nerves can be made healthy again.

Symptoms of surgical nerve damage:

Symptoms include tingling or numbness in one area of the body.   It may resemble "pins and needles:  It can result in pain, which is generally a severe burning pain. 

These symptoms may occur at the actual surgical site, or in distant parts of the body as the damaged nerve may supply these parts. 

These symptoms may become worse due to sudden movements or unusual body positioning, such as those that occur during sleep.

The pain that comes from post-surgical nerve damage will be treated by medical doctors with pain medication, even narcotics. 

Treatment for the Nerve Damage of Surgery

There are many medications, and other remedies to bring relief, you can read it in this article neuropathy.

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None of the various neuropathy treatments will build healthy nerves.  You can cover up the symptoms and you can increase circulation and you can make a person feel less pain, etc., but if you build healthy nerves, there will not be any symptoms (healthy nerves don't hurt, tingle, burn, are not numb, etc.) and the relief will be lasting.  

Rebuilding Healthy Nerves:  

Healthy sensory nerves mean that they are not painful. Healthy nerves means that they communicate and don't send wrong signals such as burning, hot and cold, tingling when there is no reason for it. Healthy motor nerves mean that they relay messages from the brain to the muscle so that they move correctly. Nerves need to be healthy to function properly. 

The body needs specific nutrients (vitamins) to be able to build healthy nerves. 

It may not give immediate relief (although many do feel changes in the first week) as the vitamins are working at a cellular level, but it does address the actual problem, builds healthy nerves and brings lasting relief.  

(For temporary relief while building healthy nerves, go to Pain Relief Formula )

What can be done for lasting relief?

Find out how to Build Healthy Nerves

 

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