During brachial plexus surgery, traumatic damage to the brachial plexus (the collection of nerves that run from the spine to the hand, arm and shoulder) is repaired. This may be achieved by transferring or grafting a nerve from the spine.
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Conditions Treated with Brachial Plexus Surgery:
Brachial plexus surgery is utilized in cases of obstetrical palsy in addition to scar tissue, cuts and tears of the brachial plexus.
Non-surgical alternatives to brachial plexus surgery include occupation therapy and physical therapy. There are no comparable surgical alternatives to the procedure.
Anesthesia with Brachial Plexus Surgery:
Brachial plexus surgery is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from Brachial Plexus Surgery:
Possible risks following brachial plexus surgery include infection, bleeding and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible to experience further damage to the brachial plexus.
Recovery from Brachial Plexus Surgery:
Recovery from brachial plexus surgery takes several months, or longer.