Some good news today! I had a nerve test today … Electromyography (EMG) …. this is a 6 month post op check to confirm that the 4 nerve transfers were successful and to test the strength of the signal to the nerves ….. I knew that biceps, brachialis and deltoid were successful because I’ve got a little movement. But the supraspinatus is hidden behind the deltoid and controls the lift of the arm from the 90 degree mark upwards. I haven’t yet been able to do that so I had no ide
Experimenting for the next week with this little item. Let’s see if it helps stimulate my newly working muscles to get stronger! I’ll post a review in a week. This is a TENS and EMS machine. I”m using the EMS program on my bicep and anterior deltoid. The TENS function is believed to provide pain relief. #brachialplexus #brachialplexusinjury #brachialplexusinjuryaustralia #erbspalsy #nerveinjury #nerves #muscles #birthinjury #nervetransfer #disability #motorcycleaccident #trau
Hello hello!! Well my 4 nerve transfers apparently went well! Sitting up in hospital bed now. Of course I didn’t get any sleep at all. Hehehe and this medication makes my eyes roll around in my head and makes me dyslexic so typing takes FOREVER!!!!! Makes me feel stupid! Aaaah well! The hospital and staff here at St John of God Subiaco are wonderful! Special shout outs to Jaydon, my lovely day time nurse and Stuart, my night time nurse, who have been awesome! The difference b
Well …. I’m about to go to bed … wake up in 4 hours at 5am to shower and wash with pre-op surgical soap and then it’s off to St John of God Subiaco hospital to meet up with my surgeon Alex O'Beirne and hang out in the operating theatre for about 5 hours! Here’s hoping he gets all 4 nerve transfers done and that they all take beautifully. Fingers crossed. Catch you on the flipside! #brachialplexus #brachialplexusinjury #brachialplexusinjuryaustralia #erbspalsy #nerveinjury #ne
OK so I have 3 sleeps to go till my surgery. And next week we’re moving house. I tell you what …. everything in our lives has gone through a massive upheaval all at the same time. Crazy. But we’re almost there. I’m so busy packing up the house, working full time and organising our lives that I haven’t had time to be scared or nervous! I suppose I should be thankful for that! #brachialplexus #brachialplexusinjury #brachialplexusinjuryaustralia #erbspalsy #nerveinjury #nerves #
So my surgery is coming up this Saturday 4th of July. I wanted to share the details of the nerves being transferred from and to, as well as info on the damage I have. My surgeon, Dr Alex O’Beirne (Perth, Australia) will splice about 25% of each of the following nerves and join them onto the other nerves as close to the muscles as possible to allow the shortest recovery time possible. Amazing stuff! This is what I’m having transferred - 1. I have no power to rotate my arm at t
So I’ve had my pre-operation checkup, another nerve conduction study, and now my surgeon has booked me in for the surgery. The operation will take 4-6 hours.My surgeon, Alex O’Beirne, is going to do 4 nerve transfers in my arm. This will hopefully allow me to lift up my arm, rotate my arm in and out, bend up my elbow, and turn my lower arm (roll it in and out) . I’m having the surgery on the 4th of July at St John of God Private Hospital in Subiaco, Perth, Western Australia.
Well its all happening. You’ll be able to call me Frankenstein soon. I saw my surgeon, Dr Alex O'Beirne (Perth, Western Australia) today. He’s the only Brachial Plexus Injury surgeon in Western Australia. I have to have another nerve conduction study on Monday then back to Alex on Tuesday. Then surgery will be scheduled. Eeek! 4 nerve transfers. I didn’t think I’d be scared. But I am ! #brachialplexus #brachialplexusinjury #brachialplexusinjuryaustralia #erbspalsy #nerveinju
According to the Johns Hopkins Medicine website - Brachial plexus injuries are categorized according to the type of trauma experienced by the nerve. The following are the types of brachial plexus injuries: Avulsion – this means the nerve has been pulled out from the spinal cord and has no chance to recover. Rupture – this means the nerve has been stretched and at least partially torn, but not at the spinal cord. Neurapraxia – this means the nerve has been gently stretched or
I've started a new Facebook group connecting people in Australia who suffer from brachial plexus injury - here's a link. Brachial Plexus Australia - Facebook Group #brachialplexus #brachialplexusinjury #brachialplexusinjuryaustralia #erbspalsy #nerveinjury #nerves #muscles #birthinjury #nervetransfer #disability #motorcycleaccident #traumaticinjury #brachialgirl #blog #medicine #surgery #nervesurgery #nervegraft #muscletransfer #paralysis #hospital #avulsionnerveroot #C5 #C6
I thought I’d do a little plug for my surgeon, Dr Alex O’Beirne - Specialist Surgeon for Hand, Wrist, Elbow and Shoulder Surgery, Brachial Plexus and Peripheral Nerve Surgery. (Perth, Australia) He consults at St John of God Hospital (Subiaco and Murdoch) and runs clinics at Royal Perth Hospital. I feel very confident being under his care. My next check up is this coming Tuesday. I wonder if he will book my surgery. I’m pretty sure I’m almost at my time limit - 3.5 months si
Well after being stuffed around by the public health system I have switched to private. I have private health cover, but ongoing care and operations are still expensive. My first visit to see my surgeon at Perth Royal Hospital in April was a mess. When I arrived at reception I was told they had never heard of me even though my file had been sent to them along with an appointment request. My surgeon had told me the day and time of the clinic so I knew I was right. They said th
Any return of function takes many months, as the nerves need to grow down from the repair site to the muscles, and this happens at less than a millimetre a day.
This period of waiting can be frustrating for the patient. During this time attempts to actively exercise the arm muscles are unproductive, but physiotherapy to maintain the range of motion of the joints is very important.
When the repaired nerve reaches the muscle and the muscle starts to contract the muscle can
The aim of the surgery is to reconnect the muscles that have lost input from their nerves. In some cases, the nerves can be repaired, either directly with sutures between the nerve ends, or much more commonly with a nerve graft, which is a strip of nerve which is taken from the leg and placed between the two ends of the nerve.
In other cases the nerve had actually been pulled out of the spinal cord (avulsed) and in these cases the nerve cannot be repaired. Injuries like the
These photos show my broken right (dominant) arm before and after surgery to fix the breaks with metal plates and screws. #brachialplexus #brachialplexusinjury #brachialplexusinjuryaustralia #nerveinjury #nerves #muscles #nervetransfer #disability #motorcycleaccident #traumaticinjury #brachialgirl #medicine #surgery #nervesurgery #nervegraft #muscletransfer #paralysis #xray #xray #hospital
On Sunday 1st of March 2015, I had a motorbike accident. I was riding in a group of 6-7 people, my husband included. We were riding around the countryside near Donnybrook, south of Perth and Bunbury in Western Australia. My bike hit some gravel on the road and threw me and the bike left onto the dirt shoulder of the road. I tried but could not regain control of the bike and I slammed into a tree, bounced off and landed in a barbed wire fence. One of my husband’s friends who h