BRACHIAL PLEXUS INJURY POST ROTATOR CUFF SURGERY

Rotator cuff surgery November 28, 2012. Brachial Plexus nerve bundle was stretched.

She is unable to participate in her ADL’s since she’s right handed. The EMG studies show some improvement in her conduction studies, but functionally her hand was still unable to work right. She has shooting pains in her right upper extremity and her fingers that ranges from 5-10 and averages 7.

Issue
Is it malpractice to receive a stretch injury to the right brachial plexus during a right rotator cuff surgery?

MEDQUEST EXPERT OPINIONS:

This not negligent unless there was a negligent event in the OR such as dropping the patient or something reported in an incident report by the nurses
Dr JA – Orthopedist

It is unusual but neurologic injury is a risk of any surgery. Could also be a risk of Anesthesia if a nerve block was performed.
Dr RS – Orthopedist

Plexus injury cases hard to prove, can occur.
Dr MS – Orthopedist