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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.

Going home

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.