A pediatric neurosurgeon may recommend surgery to improve the arm functions of a child with Erb’s palsy. Often this surgery is more effective when done early in the child’s life. Some studies have shown that it may not be successful when done after the child is one year old.
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What’s the problem?
Serious cases of Erb’s Palsy are often treated with exercise and physical therapy, and 80% of the time, babies born with the condition can achieve recovery without surgical intervention. If surgical intervention is required, it should be performed early on if at all. Best results occur when the child is 5 to 12 months of age. Beyond this age group, surgery may not be as effective.
Types of Erb’s Palsy Surgeries
Whether an Erb’s palsy injury requires surgery will depend on the cause and severity of a patient’s condition. When necessary (for more severe cases), Erb’s palsy surgery can include:
- Nerve grafts – in which a damaged nerve is spliced with a healthy nerve taken from another part of the body
- Tendon transfers – in which healthy tendons from another part of the body are relocated to the affected neck area to compensate for nerve damage.
Because nerve tissue grows slowly (about 1 inch/month), it can take years for patients to regain arm, shoulder, or hand movement and sensation following surgery.
The Cost of Erb’s Palsy Surgery
The cost of surgery for Erb’s palsy can be substantial. In addition to the initial medical costs, the families of affected individuals must commit a large amount of resources to help the child recover and minimize the lifelong limitations on the function of the arm. The expenses of Erb’s palsy treatment and the limitations caused by this medical mistake may entitle the child to birth injury settlement benefits.
Do I have an Erb’s Palsy Lawsuit?
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