Brachial Plexus Injury

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Brachial plexus injury is a condition that affects the nerves extending from your spine to your hand, arm and shoulder. Our board-certified and board-eligible plastic surgeons are experienced in diagnosing and treating brachial plexus injuries. Our plastic surgery center provides treatment for both children and adults suffering from this condition.

This injury is common in adults, usually resulting from motorcycle accidents. However, a brachial plexus injury can also occur during birth in children. When the nerves are injured, functions of movement, feeling and growth of the arm can be adversely affected.

Symptoms of a Brachial Plexus Injury

  • Stiffness of joint
  • Swelling of arms
  • Numbness
  • Burning sensation
  • Severe pain
  • Lack of movement
  • Lack of feeling in the arm
  • Muscle weakness
  • Paralysis of some or all of the muscles of the shoulder and upper limb

Treatment for Brachial Plexus Injury

Whatever be the cause, signs and symptoms, we provide the required treatment that will ensure relief from this condition. Our surgeon will perform a detailed examination and accurate diagnosis of patients, and formulate an effective brachial plexus treatment plan to rectify the conditions. Sometimes a non-surgical treatment, such as therapy, is beneficial in treating this kind of injury. However, other times the extent of the injury requires a surgical treatment plan.

Surgical Options for Brachial Plexus Injury

Our surgeons are specialized in three surgical techniques to treat a brachial plexus injury. These options include nerve transfers, nerve grafting, and muscle transfers. We use a combination of these techniques to treat brachial plexus nerve injury. To improve movement and strength of a paralysis patient, we may remove nerves and muscles from the leg and transplant them to the injured arm. Depending on the severity of the injury, multiple staged operations may be required. Each patient is unique. Therefore multiple modalities are utilized to diagnose the exact condition, and to provide more effective treatment.

Benefits of Brachial Plexus Injury Repair

Brachial Plexus Injury Example
Brachial Plexus Injury Example

The procedure can:

  • Restore function in the arm
  • Improve growth in childrens’ arms
  • Enhance sensation and muscle movement in the arm

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