Brachial plexus injury care at Mayo Clinic

Your Mayo Clinic care team

At Mayo Clinic, neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, hand and microvascular surgeons, therapists, physical medicine 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.

At Mayo Clinic, it's common for you to meet with three different surgeons in one office visit. All three may be involved in your surgery if necessary, often operating on you as a team.

Advanced diagnosis and treatment

Mayo Clinic's experienced medical professionals work together to provide patient-centered care to each person. The team treats patients of all ages, from infants to older adults.

Close collaboration enables the team to have your test results available quickly and to coordinate scheduling your appointments. Evaluation and treatment that might take months elsewhere can typically be done in only a matter of days at Mayo Clinic.

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.

Here's what to expect when seeking care for brachial plexus injury at Mayo Clinic:

  • Comprehensive diagnosis. In addition to a thorough physical exam, you may also undergo special tests that measure how well the nerves are working in your arm and whether they're receiving signals from the spinal cord. Imaging tests may include X-rays and MRIs. Combining expert examination with data obtained from your tests, Mayo Clinic brachial plexus specialists can accurately diagnose your injury and develop a surgery plan.
  • Surgery performed by multiple specialists. At Mayo Clinic's Minnesota campus, 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. Complicated brachial plexus repairs, if performed by a single surgeon, can be quite lengthy and subject patients to prolonged anesthetic times. At Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota, the brachial plexus repair can frequently be accomplished more swiftly in a single surgical setting because it's common to have a team of surgeons working together.
  • Cutting-edge surgical techniques. With the goal of seeking new knowledge and improving the reliability, comfort and cost of care, Mayo Clinic doctors continually study new diagnosis and treatment options. Brachial plexus specialists are actively involved in research, which can provide patients with more options to consider as they look for a solution specific to their needs.

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic has earned a national reputation as a top hospital for treatment of brachial plexus injuries. The program is recognized for its expertise in surgical repair, secondary surgeries and rehabilitative care, as well as for its advanced research.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., ranks No. 1 for neurology and neurosurgery in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., is ranked highly performing for orthopedics.

Expertise and rankings

  • 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, we treat more than 270 people with brachial plexus injuries and have done so for more than 15 years. Mayo Clinic brachial plexus experts frequently are asked to travel worldwide to educate other surgeons and to provide insight into the latest operative techniques.
  • Innovative methods. Mayo Clinic brachial plexus surgeons are at the forefront of new and innovative treatment options for nerve injuries and the accompanying loss of function that occurs after brachial plexopathy. Patient-specific surgical options combined with advanced pain management and rehabilitation protocols have helped our surgeons dramatically improve the lives of patients with these difficult and often complex problems. Mayo Clinic brachial plexus surgeons have an extensive depth and breadth of experience with advanced microsurgical techniques, have developed new muscle and tendon transfers, and are at the forefront in understanding nerve regeneration.
  • New advances. Our 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. Our constant, enthusiastic search for improvements in the ability to repair nerves, muscle and tendon has made the treatment of brachial plexus injuries progressively more reliable and reproducible for patients at Mayo Clinic.
  • Team approach. The team approach is a hallmark of Mayo Clinic. For those patients with a brachial plexus problem, Mayo Clinic experts in orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, neurology, and physical medicine and rehabilitation work together. The Mayo Clinic brachial plexus team seeks to first understand the full extent of your brachial plexus injury and then implements a treatment plan that ultimately maximizes your function. Consultations with doctors and testing often can be coordinated in a single visit.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., ranks No. 1 for neurology and neurosurgery in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., is ranked highly performing 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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