MyTinyPomBella wrote:I went to a vet for a second opinion last week and he said "amputate at the hip, it is the best way to fix this and it should be done soon; nerves do not regenerate, they grow so slow that they die before they can repair" I cried but knew it did not feel right - there had to be a better answer.
http://web.archive.org/web/200709130649 ... 65mast.htm
This medical text says a nerve that is cut in two and the ends are up to 3/4" apart can regrow itself and close the gap:
http://web.archive.org/web/20070913064900/http://cal.vet.upenn.edu/saortho/chapter_65/65mast.htm wrote:NERVE GAPS
On occasion, a short irreducible gap may be encountered without immediate provision for graft repair as described above. In these cases, an alternative approach may be to bring the nerve stumps as close as possible in a dry tissue bed and tack the stumps to the tissue bed with two epineurial sutures in each stump. This will create a nerve gap without continuity. This technique may be used for defects not exceeding 1 cm to 2 cm in length. Successful regeneration across nerve gaps has been reported in the dog and in children. However, factors discussed previously must be overcome to obtain success. In addition, increased regeneration time should be expected.