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Surgically-Induced Neuropathic Pain



So, it’s come this far. You’re at the point in your life where you have to have a surgical procedure in order to restore normalcy. Your doctors assure you that they will do the best they can to get you back to normal. The day of your surgery comes, and you wake up sore but patched up nonetheless. Soon enough, you’re back on your feet and everything is great - well, almost! Wait...why do my toes hurt? 

It’s very possible, and unfortunately not uncommon, for neurological system complications to arise after surgery. " ... (10–40%) of patients experience chronic neuropathic pain termed surgically induced neuropathic pain (SNPP)". (Borsook, et. al.)1 If your nerves became damaged for any reason during the procedure, neuropathy probably followed soon after. Here are three ways damage might have happened- and stick around ‘til the end and we’ll share how Earl Evans fixed his disuse muscle atrophy using the ReBuilder®.

The Surgery Was Botched; Removal or Addition of Structures Compressed and Damaged Nerves

This type of damage makes you immediately think malpractice, doesn’t it? That’s not necessarily the case. Let’s say that your surgeon went in to remove a tumor, or perhaps you had to have an organ removed so that you could have a transplant. Many organs and components in the body have nerves attached to them. If nerves are severed or compressed when rearranging body parts, neuropathy is around the corner. A compressed nerve lacks the necessary oxygen to reduce inflammation and transport information to the brain. Physical causes of trauma can create neuropathy, too: “Mechanisms include direct needle injury, local anesthetic toxicity (particularly intraneural injection), and compression from tourniquets"(Borsook, et. al)2.

And, there’s also disuse atrophy:

disuse atrophy

Earl Evans suffered from disuse muscle atrophy- a condition where the lack of using his calf muscles caused them to weaken and shrink. Earl stopped walking to recover from a heart bypass surgery, where his doctor removed the great saphenous vein in his calf. As a result, his leg became very sore, and soon was unable to feel his feet!

Medicines Used for Surgery/Surgical Recovery Were Neurotoxic

Many drugs that you may be prescribed, for various reasons, can cultivate a toxic effect in the body and damage nerves. You’d be surprised! The Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy has supplied a list, here. Medicines for blood pressure, cholesterol, and bacterial infection preventatives are on that list. Each one can be toxic to nerve cells, alter the chemistry in the body, and begin the destruction of nerve pathways. Earl was prescribed pain medication as well, which only worsened the neuropathy and deadened his nerves, all while making him disoriented and aloof.

Post-Surgical-Swelling Caused Compression

It’s common for surgical patients to want to blame their surgeon for neuropathy that occurred after the surgery was complete- but according to this Mayo Clinic study, it’s not the surgeon’s fault- it’s because the patient’s own body begins to attack the remaining, inflamed nerves. Not only can the body’s defenses try and attack the nerves that still exist around the site of injury- but in the process of trying to defend the damaged tissues, inflammation and then swelling grow rapidly in the area. Without alleviating the swelling, pressures will continue to expand, an infection can set in, and the expanding pressure will start to compress nerves in the nearby areas, cutting off blood supply and causing them to die off. Then you get neuropathy.

The ReBuilder® Can Restore Circulation and Heal You

Luckily for you, there are some things you can do to restore the normal function of your nerves, and the number one solution you think of should be the ReBuilder®. Take it from Earl. Read here about how the ReBuilder® was invented: A Note from the Inventor.

The ReBuilder® uses gentle electrical pulses, sending a pinging signal along the nerve pathways from endpoint to endpoint, noting the places there are jumps and deficits in the path (those aberrations are where feeling is abnormal). After the initial pulses, the ReBuilder® sends along a compensatory signal, helping to restore a balance to the signal output it is measuring. In one 30 minute treatment, users of the ReBuilder® will notice reduced inflammation in half of their body, and many of our customers with neuropathy start to regain sensation and find peace in their under & overactive nerves. The Cancer Treatment Centers of America recommend use of the ReBuilder® for their patients with chemo or radiation-induced neuropathy. Will you try it today?

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Useful Citations

  • Surgically-Induced Neuropathic Pain (SNPP): Understanding the Perioperative Process ( David Borsook, MD PhD.,1,2,3,5,6 Barry D. Kussman, MD.,2 Edward George, MD, PhD.,1,3 Lino R. Becerra, PhD.,1,2,3,5,6 and Dennis W. Burke, MD.4. Accessed 10.19.2021.
  • Mayo Clinic. "Inflammation causes some postsurgical neuropathies." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 22 September 2010. Accessed 10.19.2021.