Brachial plexus operation

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A brachial plexus operation is performed to repair damaged nerves. Learn about how to prepare your child for surgery and take care of them at home.

Key points

  • Your child's stomach must be empty before the operation. Follow the instructions for eating and drinking carefully.
  • The operation will take about 12 hours.
  • Your child will need to stay in the hospital for three to four days after the operation.
  • Your child will need to wear a sling for about three weeks, until they have a follow-up appointment.
  • If your child has a fever or any signs of infection, call the unit or your surgeon's office right away.
  • After the operation, your child will have less movement in the arm than before. It will take up to four years to see the final results from the operation.
Last updated: March 5th 2010