VEIN, NERVE, TENDON REPAIRING
A work accident on hand and frontal arm, injuries of arter, vein, nerve, tendon caused by car crush etc. are serious wounds that requires early treatment and if they do not be treated early, they can be resulted by loss of hand functions or even loss of aliveness of cells if the wound treatment requires the cut of the related vein. Surgical intervention and long-term physical treatment is crucial for curing process.
The operation is executed by local anesthesia, axillary block (numbness of arm started from armpit) or general anesthesia under appropriate conditions.
The operation time depends to executed process. In some cases, there can be vein nerve or tendon cuts that couldn’t be detected by the examination before surgery. They extend the operation time. After surgery, the patient is observed by the time of anesthetist approved (approximately 30-60 minutes) at the recovery room where is tension, pulse and blood observations done. Then, patient is transferred to his/her room.
After the surgery, you have a splint (half plaster) that your doctor applies. You must wear this splint for 3-6 weeks and if it is necessary, it needs to be changed and kept wearing. During this splint wearing period, you should keep up your arm (at the heart level) and support it a couple of pillows when you sleep. Otherwise, painful nodules or edemas can take place on your hand and arm. Dressings after surgery are done by the time your doctor approves. Until your stitches removed, swimming in the pool or sea is unfavorable and forbidden. Removal of stitches is carried out usually at the tenth or fifteenth day after the surgery.
It is natural that numbness or edema can occur below the incisional line area. In case of nerve cut, numbness and/or motor functioning occur on the hands and wrists. The level of incisional, the type of injury etc. factors can affect the nerve healing and even result by no healing at all. The speed of healing is approximately 1 mm/day and it is related with incisional level.