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Common Side Effects -- Numbness At the Incision Site

Clip Number: 18 of 22
Presentation: Liver Donation Surgery -- Recovery Expectations
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Since the nerves near your skin are so small, it's impossible to have a surgery and not cut them. Because of this, some liver donors experience numbness where the surgical incision was made.
If you have any numbness after your surgery, it may take awhile for your body to adapt as the nerves grow back. As the nerves heal, some people notice tiny shooting pains along the incision. These sensations can last for 6 to 12 months after surgery.
Usually, any numbness or shooting pains will go away after a period of time. If not, you should talk with your healthcare provider to see if additional treatment is necessary.
 

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