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The aim of the procedure is to provide healthy nerves to the muscles in the arm and bring back some use and sensation of the arm. It is carried out with the patient under a general anaesthetic. The surgeon makes a cut in the chest, finds the phrenic nerve, cuts it and joins it to the damaged nerve in the brachial plexus.
After the operation, patients usually wear a cast for a few weeks, and will see a specialist who will give them exercises and therapy that will help them make the most of any improved movement in the arm.