Hello world! Nerve Issues

As you can see I am new to this and this is my second post.  I have a question for everyone.  Prior to my surgery, the anethiesiologist recommended a nerve block of my sciatic nerve by my upper thigh.  He assured me that it was safe and would make sure I would be pain free in those initial days.  However during the process the instrument that is supposed to tell the doc when to stop prior to hitting the nerve failed and he injured my nerve. Now I have no feeling on the bottom of my foot.  Has anyone else expirenced anything like this? 

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3 Responses to “Hello world! Nerve Issues”

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  2. Hi Jeffrey,

    Sorry to have to welcome you to the club.

    I certainly had quite a bit of on and off numbness for the first week or so after surgery. I found that elevation helped, and attributed the numbness to nerves being under pressure caused by swelling in my foot when it wasn’t elevated.

    One thing you’ll hear over and over on this site is that you are the most important person when it comes to making sure you are being properly cared for. If you have any questions or concerns, voice them to your doctor. If your doctor doesn’t give you a satisfactory answer, don’t be afraid to get a second opinion.

    And of course, submit questions and feedback on your experience as we all are going through many of the same things.


  3. jeffery,

    I had my ATR on May 3rd. I am an anesthesiologist and had my surgery on the fifth with a popliteal nerve block( which blocks the branches of the sciatic nerve). Mine lasted about 15 hours. Sometimes instead of coming close to the nerve, the nerve is actually touched. This can happen if a patient moves or if the nerve stimulator wasn’t functioning properly. The sensation loss you have in your come back. The hard part is telling you when. I tell patients that it can be anywhere from six weeks to six months, but it almost always comes back. Hope this helps.

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