Brachial plexus surgery

The brachial plexus is a set of nerves that send signals from your spine to your shoulders, arms and hands. These nerves control the feeling and movement of your upper limbs. If you damage your brachial plexus, for example during sport or an accident, you may experience reduced muscle control, pain and weakness in the muscle, loss of sensation and even paralysis.

Brachial plexus surgery



Our expert consultants will use the latest imaging techniques, such as MRI and CT scanning or electrodiagnostic testing, to make a swift and accurate diagnosis. In most cases, you’ll be able to recover from your injury with physical rehabilitation therapy. But in more severe cases, particularly if you have sustained an avulsion (where the nerve is pulled from the spine) or a rupture (where the nerve has been stretched or torn), you may require surgery.

Depending on your injury, our surgeons may recommend one of the following operations:

  • Neuroma excision – to remove the swollen nerve
  • Neurolysis – to remove the scar tissue surrounding the nerve
  • Neurotisation – to relocate less important nerves to the damaged nerve
  • Nerve graft – to replace the damaged nerve with part of a healthier nerve


EIDO Healthcare Limited – The operation and treatment information on this website is produced using information from EIDO Healthcare Ltd and is licensed by Aspen Healthcare. 

The information should not replace advice that your relevant health professional would give you.

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