The brachial plexus is the network of nerves that sends signals from your spine to your shoulder, arm and hand. A brachial plexus injury occurs when these nerves are stretched, compressed, or in the most serious cases, ripped apart or torn away from the spinal cord.
The most severe brachial plexus injuries usually result from auto or motorcycle accidents. Severe brachial plexus injuries can leave your arm paralyzed, with a loss of function and sensation.
Minor damage often occurs during contact sports, such as football or wrestling, when the brachial plexus nerves get stretched or compressed. These are called stingers or burners, and can produce.
More-severe injuries can include:
A correct treatment of brachial plexus injuries needs multiple and different competences possibly coordinated by the same person/s
After 1 year of leaving a nerve or Brachial Plexus Injury untreated, there is very little even after successful surgery.
OPERATION: The incision is made along the course of the nerve or along an existing injury scar, or as best determined by the Neurosurgeon. Additional incisions may be required to obtain donor nerves if required. The site of injury is explored and after that, considering the status of the involved nerves, and using intra operative nerve stimulation with tiny currents, the exact surgical plan is formulated. The repair, and transfer procedure to obtain the best function is then performed.
While majority of patients have an uneventful surgery and recovery, few cases may be associated with complications. These are seen infrequently and not all the ones listed below are applicable to one individual. However it is important that you are aware of the complications/risks that may arise out of this procedure which are as below: