Brachial plexus injury care at Mayo Clinic

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Pediatric brachial plexus consult

People with brachial plexus injuries usually see three surgeons during one office visit at Mayo Clinic.

At Mayo Clinic, neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, hand and microvascular surgeons, physical rehabilitation experts, and other specialists collaborate as a team to evaluate and treat each patient.

Everyone on the team, regardless of medical specialty, is focused on brachial plexus injuries. This means that you're getting not just one opinion — you benefit from the knowledge and experience of each specialist on the multidisciplinary team.

Advanced diagnosis and treatment

With state-of-the-art research and laboratory facilities, Mayo Clinic specialists use advanced technology, sophisticated imaging tests and comprehensive examinations to obtain a detailed, accurate diagnosis of your injury. Surgeons, radiologists, physical therapists and other specialists collaborate as a team to evaluate your condition and determine the most appropriate treatment.

At Mayo Clinic's campuses in Minnesota, Arizona, and Florida, neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons work together as a team, performing needed surgeries simultaneously. One may be operating on your brachial plexus while another is obtaining nerve grafts from your calf or harvesting muscle to transfer to your injured arm. This can shorten the length of time you need to be under anesthesia.

Research and innovation

Surgeons and scientists collaborate in Mayo Clinic laboratories for microsurgery and regenerative medicine to develop new solutions that improve nerve healing, speed rehabilitation and improve the outcomes for patients with brachial plexus injuries. This constant, enthusiastic search for improvements in the ability to repair nerves, muscles and tendons has made the treatment of brachial plexus injuries progressively more reliable and reproducible for patients at Mayo Clinic.

The Mayo Clinic experience and patient stories

Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care like they've never experienced. See the stories of satisfied Mayo Clinic patients.

  1. Teamwork and Motivation Spur Recovery from Brachial Plexus Injury

    A motor vehicle accident left Jennifer Tetler without the use of her left arm. But the comprehensive treatment plan developed by her Mayo Clinic care team, along with Jennifer's drive to recover as fully as possible, led to an excellent outcome. Jennifer Tetler tried to react, tried to get out of the way. "I had [...]

Expertise and rankings

Orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons and rehabilitation specialists are all part of the brachial plexus team at Mayo Clinic.

Experience

Mayo Clinic's brachial plexus surgeons are recognized nationally and internationally for their surgical technical excellence and innovative abilities to solve both straightforward and complex brachial plexus problems. Each year, hundreds of people with brachial plexus injuries are treated at Mayo Clinic.

Treatment expertise

Brachial plexus surgeons at Mayo Clinic have an extensive depth and breadth of experience with advanced microsurgical techniques. They have developed new muscle and tendon transfers, and are at the forefront in understanding nerve regeneration.

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery. Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., are ranked among the Best Hospitals and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., is ranked highly performing for orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery and for orthopedics.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

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Please contact your insurance company to verify medical coverage and to obtain any needed authorization prior to your visit. Often, your insurer's customer service number is printed on the back of your insurance card.

Aug. 17, 2018