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Surgical treatments for Erb’s Palsy

Posted on December 1, 2014 9:33 am under Medical Malpractice

Misuse of birth instruments, such as vacuums and forceps, as well as the failure to recognize any fetal distress that would harm the infant, can result in birth injuries, including Erb’s palsy. Erb’s palsy is a condition wherein the set of nerves that connects the spinal cord and the upper limb has been compromised, causing the affected limb to become weak or paralyzed.

If after three to six months the doctors have seen no improvement, they may suggest performing nerve surgery to manage Erb’s palsy. Doctors may perform one or a combination of these two methods:

  • Nerve graft – The compromised part of the brachial plexus is spliced or ‘grafted’ with nerve cuts from another nerve of the child
  • Nerve transfer – During a complete loss of muscle function, a less important nerve connected to the spinal cord can be reconnected, or ‘transferred,’ to the affected part of brachial plexus to recover some lost functions

Unfortunately, these procedures do not promise complete restoration of destroyed brachial plexus nerves, may not be helpful for kids older than six months, and may introduce other side-effects. If negligent medical staff has caused your child to suffer from medical injuries in Appleton, speak with an attorney at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® to learn how to file a claim against the party responsible. Call us at (414) 271-0900 today.