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
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
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.