Treatment for Post Surgery Pain in Denver/Littleton Area
Nerve Damage (Neuropathy) as a Side Effect of Surgery
Often, during the course of surgery it is possible that nerves may become damaged.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.
Although anyone undergoing surgery runs a risk of nerve damage, patients who have diabetes, 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.
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 nerve damage can be repaired.
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 is typically treated by medical doctors with pain medication and even narcotics.