Nerve Damage (neuropathy) as a Side Effect of Surgery

How it happens.

Often, during the course of surgery it is possible that nerves may become damaged. This is called neuropathy.  A damaged nerve can cause pain, burning, numbness, tingling, pins and needles, and stabbing pain.

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 especially if nothing is done to build back nerve health.

More information about this side effect

There have been studies done in 2010 by the 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 nerve 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 including back surgery,  knee replacement, deviated septum, hiatal hernia, kidney stones,l endometriosis, heart surgery, shoulder surgery, etc. etc.

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 symptoms are permanent unless the nerves can be made healthy.

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

You’ve probably read or heard about lots of different remedies for the symptoms of nerve damage (neuropathy). You just need to search on the internet under neuropathy to get pages and pages of remedies. The search will reveal many different viewpoints about what will help you get relief. I’ve talked to many people who have tried remedy after remedy.

There are many herbs that attempt to cover up the symptoms and there are many drugs that also try to cover up the symptoms.  You can go to Neuropathy Treatments to get the pros and cons of many of these.

There are many different anti-oxidants and formulas that will bring some relief. I know the things that will help – essential fatty acids, vitamin C, combination of acetyl l-carnitine and alpha-lipoic acid – etc. etc.  (more later)

The real cause of all these problems however is the unhealthy nerves. Healthy nerves aren’t painful, they aren’t numb, don’t burn…. and aren’t all the other symptoms that you feel with nerve damage.

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None of the various neuropathy treatments will restore nerve health. 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.

Restoring Health to the Nerves*

We always recommend you take the approach of building health and nerves are no different.

The healthier your nerves are, the less the symptoms of nerve damage you will feel.

Nerves need to be healthy to function properly.

Pros: Healthy sensory nerves mean that they are not painful. Healthy nerves mean 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 without weakness.

The body needs specific nutrients (vitamins) to be able to restore health to the nerves. Getting bio-available special forms of B1 and B12 along with the other B Vitamins that activate them will promote and support healthy nerves.

Cons: It may not give immediate relief (although some people feel relief right away) as the vitamins are working at a cellular level, it may take longer, but it does address the actual problem and builds healthy nerves.

Find out what is needed to restore health to the nerves.*

Natural Treatment & Building Healthy Nerves

The body needs the correct tools to restore health and build healthy nerves. These tools are specific nutrition (vitamins).

What are they? Read on.

It has been known for some time that B1 (thiamine) is very effective. It is needed by the body to create healthy nerves.

Unfortunately, the oral intake of vitamin B1 does not greatly increase the levels of B1 in the bloodstream.

The reason for this is that Thiamine, like all of the B vitamins, is water-soluble. Thiamine cannot be stored in the body and flushes out within 4 to 5 hours.

Additionally, it has been found the symptoms are made worse by insufficient amounts of B12 in the body. Vitamin B12 supports the sheathing that protects nerve cells and has shown in studies to promote the growth of healthy nerve cells.

In the past, it has been difficult to remedy the B12 deficiency. The reason for this is that while vitamin B12 is readily stored by the body, it is not readily absorbed by the body. For this reason, much larger amounts have been used in supplementation, but even large oral dosages have not been an adequate solution.

Keep reading. There is a solution.

A Remedy for this Problem

You might have heard of the new type of vitamin B1 being produced, called Benfotiamine. It is a fat-soluble version of vitamin B1. What does this mean? It means this new form of vitamin B1 can be taken orally in large dosages and it will not flush out of the body the way ordinary Thiamine (vitamin B1) does. This is due to the fact that this type of B1 will be delivered into the bloodstream where it can travel to the cells and be used.

Also available is Methylcobalamine (called Methyl B12). This is the form of vitamin B12 that can be directly utilized by the body. When regular B12 is taken, the body has to convert it into the Methyl B12 in the gut. Methyl B12 already comes in this usable form.

Where can I find these supplements?

RECOMMENDED: (This is where we have researched products and found one that we found will work for you)

We have been been working with people suffering from neuropathy for 16 years. We have looked at other products that had similar ingredients, but haven’t found one that has all the necessary ingredients.

The vitamins talked about above to build healthy nerves are available together. The name of the product is Nerve Support with Benfotiamine by Dr. Eric Berg. 

It contains both the Benfotiamine and Methyl B12. The result is that the bloodstream levels of vitamin B1 and vitamin B12 can be greatly increased, providing the nutritional support needed by the body to rapidly and far more effectively to decrease or eliminate the symptoms of unhealthy nerves.

Both Benfotiamine and Methyl B12 have been shown to be non-toxic and without any side effects even in very high dosages.

Additionally, the formula has three other B vitamins and vitamin D3 in the exact proportion that work together to produce the best results. The formula has been found to be exactly what the body needs.

Why the other B vitamins in the formula?

B1 (thiamine) is dependent on the other B-complex vitamins. Absorption of B1 into the body requires adequate supplies of vitamin B6, B12 and B9 (folate) A deficiency in Vitamins B12 can increase the loss of B1in the urine, and vitamin B6 also appears to help regulate the distribution of thiamine throughout the body. B9 (folate) is also necessary to activate the absorption of the B12. (This is also the natural form of B9, not folic acid) The body utilizes vitamin B2 to keep tissue healthy and to help accelerate the healing of injuries. B2 protects the nervous system.

In addition, the formula has Vitamin D. One of the functions of Vitamin D is the regulation of nervous system development and function.

It also has magnesium and alpha lipoic acid.

How do these vitamins support nerve health? Read about this Healthy Nerves

Support for Your Success:

We want to make sure that you get the results you are seeking. We keep in touch with you. Our help is part of your purchase.


We don’t just want you to buy vitamins and hope it works. We want to make sure that you know how to take it and anything that might cause a slowdown in building nerve health.

Sounds too good to be true? This formula has a very high success rate. We have seen so many people helped.

Nerve Support with Benfotiamine can support the body’s ability to build healthy nerves by addressing the root of the problem at a cellular level.

*Studies & Research on Nerve Health


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