radial nerve palsy & tendon transfer--humeral fracture ?s
While radial nerve trauma isn't uncommon after humeral fractures, my case appears to be all kinds of speshul. I was told on Monday to prep (mentally, emotionally, and financially) for tendon transfer in the spring because the guru docs are about out of hope that it'll heal. For those that have had TT, can you tell me about the surgery, rehab, etc?
Secondary problem is non-union of primary fracture. 3 months s/p osteotomy, it is mostly healed, but a month prior to that surgery I popped a second fracture off the distal locking screw holding my intermedullary nail in place. Oops. But because the arm got completely opened, the gurus discovered the distal section of bone was majorly unhealthy due to having the blood supply pulled loose (likely happened 5 months prior in the initial trauma). That secondary fracture shows minimal healing at 3 months of reconnection to blood supply. It's stable thanks to the snazzy new hardware, but whether it'll ever heal is anyone's guess. Docs not talking yet about what happens if it doesn't heal or if bone doesn't recover. Anyone been through this?
Any advice, words of wisdom or commiseration much appreciated.