I've received many messages asking me for the current state of my arm. I'm happy to say (knock on wood) I consider the surgery a success. Was it a 100% success? Maybe for what I had done. I believe I have sensitive nerves for some reason. It doesn't seem to take much to cause my fingers to tingle. I can drive a car with my operated arm not flexed but straight and after a long while let go of the wheel and my fingers tingle, but that's not often. Most of the time the arm is great. I don't ever have the burning like I did previously that I can recall.
My right (un-operated arm for that procedure) arm is also quite a bit better than it used to be but every now and then I consider going in for surgery on that arm since it can still act up on occasion. IE my operated arm is definitely the better arm and I hardly ever notice anything with it.
The scar is never a concern of mine now but it was prior to surgery. It's really not visible where it is on the arm unless I hold my arms above my head to stretch but really, who cares :) Would I do it again? Certainly.
Why did I have that weird recurrence a year after the surgery? No idea and thankfully that went away never to return. I wonder if there was some weird part of the healing process since they say nerves can take a year to heal - maybe that was the final plug-in wake-up recovery portion (although it surely didn't feel like it). That will remain a mystery. I don't weight lift like I used to so maybe that was a cause. I am very active though. I'm an avid mountain biker & runner at age 40 and like to hike big mtns and workout (cardio and light weights) to prepare for challenges like Tough Mudder. I mention this only to make the point the arms hold up pretty good for that, although sometimes the right un operated arm lets me know when I'm pushing it too much (which sometimes doesn't feel like much again prompting thoughts to get surgery but with a third child on the way and two toddlers the timing never seems right)- far far better than it used to be though.
Here's a quick pic of my arm (taken from hotel I'm staying at late night as I write this if you are wondering why I decided to have a shower in the pic). I have very bony elbows anyways, so that's not an effect from the surgery :)
Signing out now - best of luck! Adam