Allegheny Health Network (AHN) is one of a few programs in western Pennsylvania capable of treating nerve damage from brachial plexus injuries. These life-changing injuries can make it difficult to use your arms or hands. But healing is possible. We perform innovative hand surgery procedures that restore more normal functioning so you can move forward with your life.
The brachial plexus is a network of nerves running from your neck to your armpit, controlling the feeling and movement in your arms and hands. Each nerve is as fine as a strand of hair.
Brachial plexus nerve injuries can occur when:
AHN’s Center for Brachial Plexus Injuries is home to some of the country’s leading hand surgeons. We performed the region’s first nerve transfer procedure to repair severe nerve damage. A patient with no sensation in her arm was able to return to her favorite pastime of painting after undergoing this procedure.
Highlights of our program include:
Nerve damage in the brachial plexus affects the communication between the nerves and the brain. Our hand surgeons perform sophisticated procedures to re-establish the brain-nerve connection.
Your care may include:
Hand surgery is often the first step in your care journey. Additional treatments, such as physical therapy, help you prevent joint stiffness and build strength as you recover. Our team includes certified hand therapists who deliver focused care to help you achieve exceptional results. Find out more about physical therapy.