Nerve reconstruction microsurgery is applied where a nerve has been damaged or severed, for example, from injuries with sharp objects (usually knives), that cause scarring, pain and/or numbness; nerve damage from trauma or previous surgeries; or in cases where a tumour compresses a nerve, the tumour will be removed and the nerve repaired.
Sometimes it’s not possible to directly reconnect severed nerve fibres, so Mr Kode will use nerve reconstruction techniques including: nerve conduits, or tubes, to bridge small nerve gaps; a nerve allograft (processed human nerve to bridge small to large gaps) or a nerve autograft, using other, less critical nerves from the patient themselves. For best results, the procedure should be done on the same day as the nerve injury occurred, but where this is not possible, it should be done within three weeks to avoid irreversible nerve function loss.
Following surgery, nerve regeneration is slow, at approximately half to one millimeter per day, so you will recover your nerve function gradually. Sometimes, nerve function may not occur, and in these cases, a tendon transfers and/or nerve transfer procedure may be helpful.
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