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Parasthesia after surgery

PerseusPPerseus Posts: 17
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:59 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
My previous post was shortened and all of the pertinent info was removed, so here I go again. I am new to spine-health and forums and blogs so I am learning and hope that I don't break too many rules. It is also very difficult to type this due to numbness.

I am in the hospital having just had a posterior cervical foraminotomy with fusion of C4-5 and revision of C5-6. My only symptoms were mild constand numbness in half of my right finger and sometimes about 1/2 if my thumb.

In recovery after surgery I noticed most of my right arm was now numb, but what is more concerning is that my right arm has about 50% or less pre-op strength and my right arm and hand don't respond appropriately to my commands and when I reach for something my hand could about a foot away. I cannot raise my arm above my head.

I have told the nurse and the PA but have not seen my doc yet. This is now disabling and not just a little problem. I am also right handed.


  • I just read your post, and though mine isn't exactly the same, i'll tell you what happened to me.

    in my case, the revision surgery was for a herniated disc at L5-S1. i had a second microdisectomy/hemi-laminectomy.

    when i woke up after surgery i had novocaine like numbness down the back of my leg into my foot. I did not have this before the surgery. I also lost a huge amount of strength in my ankle post surgery. (or i never noticed how bad it was before surgery.) but after the surgery i couldn't lift myself up onto my toes on my right foot at all. i couldn't even get my heel off the floor in any capacity. it was very disconcerting, since i also didn't get rid of the sciatic pain that well either.

    My surgeon said its possible i got the numbness because he had to clean the nerve up from the scar tissue and poked at it to much. (the nerve is badly damaged, and was purple bordering on blue. its supposed to be white.)

    it did get better, it took a couple of months but the majority of the numbness went away. (only a small patch on the side of my foot remained) and i went to PT to build up the strength again.

    maybe you're having something similar? a nerve got poked or shifted, or pulled during the surgery, causing the symptoms? i know its got to be alot harder being your dominant arm, vs. my leg symptoms. i hope the feeling starts to come back quickly.
    Microdisectomy / hemi-laminectomy 6/2010 and revision 10/2010
    Cervical fusion C4-5 and C5-6 9/2011
    Lumbar Fusion L5-S1 6/2012
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