Original Article

HSS Journal

, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp 77-82

Nerve Transfers for Adult Traumatic Brachial Plexus Palsy (Brachial Plexus Nerve Transfer)

  • Rachel S. RohdeAffiliated withCenter for Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery, Hospital for Special Surgery
  • , Scott W. WolfeAffiliated withCenter for Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery, Hospital for Special Surgery Email author 

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Abstract

Adult traumatic brachial plexus injuries can have devastating effects on upper extremity function. Although neurolysis, nerve repair, and nerve grafting have been used to treat injuries to the plexus, nerve transfer makes use of an undamaged nerve to supply motor input over a relatively short distance to reinnervate a denervated muscle. A review of several recent innovations in nerve transfer surgery for brachial plexus injuries is illustrated with surgical cases performed at this institution.

Key words

adult brachial plexus nerve transfer microsurgery nerve repair