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Nerve Surgery
May 2002

Q. I had a nerve in my neck cut during surgery over 5 years ago. It has taken over 5 years to get a correct diagnosis of the condition. I am considering a nerve transplant that involves a nerve in my shoulder and is affecting the use of my shoulder. Do you think it is too late or risky?

A. The actual decision you will have to make with your doctor's consultation. You should consider the risks of the procedure, and in what way will you benefit if all goes well.

Not all nerve injuries can be fixed. Even in injuries that will eventually heal, it is a very slow process and a long rehabilitation is often involved. If the shoulder problem is interfering with your well-being in a significant way, get all the information you can to help make the right decision.



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