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Occasionally, patients who undergo an operation on the cervical spine (in the region of the neck) will awaken with paralysis of one or both arms. This paralysis, known as C5 Palsy, usually involves the shoulder and sometimes the biceps.

In the vast majority of patients, this condition resolves without any treatment.

Generally, doctors wait six to nine months before recommending treatment. For patients who don’t recover, nerve transfers that are used with brachial plexus injuries can be used to restore function in the arms. These may include:

The Center’s surgeons select nerve transfers or other treatments based on a patient’s condition and which technique offers the best chance of recovery.