From the time a nerve is repaired, the axons within the nerve must grow from the site of repair to the muscle that we were trying to restore. When this is done with a nerve transfer, there is one site of repair from which those axons must grow. The typical rate of regeneration is quoted as one millimeter per day or one inch per month. So patient can essentially measure from the site of surgery to the site of the muscle, and guess as to how long that recovery is going to take. Typically we [?] somewhere between three months and 12 months for recovery after a particular procedure. Immediately after surgery, depending on the types of procedures done, a patient's arm may have to be immobilized for a period of time. Typically, this can be somewhere between four to six weeks, but with muscle transplants or other more involved operations, this can be up to three months.
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