Peripheral Nerve Procedures
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What is it?
Ulnar Nerve: travels under the collarbone and along inside of the upper arm.
Brachial Plexus: is a network of nerves located on either side of the neck running above the underside of the collarbone.
What is its goal?
- Relieve nerve compression
- Repair damaged nerve
- Tumor Resections
How is it done?
An incision is made to explore the area and release pressure on nerves. Brachial plexus nerve repair may require a nerve graft from the lower leg above the ankle.
What are the risks?
There are always risks with any surgery. Potential complications include:
- Pain, numbness due to nerve manipulation
- Weakness, paralysis
- Recurrence or continuation of pain
- Injury to major blood vessels
How long will I stay in the hospital?
Ulnar nerve surgery: go home same day.
Brachial Plexus surgery: overnight in hospital.
You will be given additional instructions on the day you are discharged which will include:
- Walk daily, gradually increasing time and distance. Avoid sitting or lying down for long periods as this will lead to pain and stiffness.
- Do not get overtired; balance periods of activity with rest periods.
- No driving while taking narcotic pain medication.
- You may go up and downstairs.
- Do not carry heavy items, such as groceries or laundry. Do not lift anything heavier than a gallon of milk until told otherwise by your doctor.
- You should not need special equipment for home but may require a sling for arm support depending on your surgery.