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Brachial Plexus Clinic

Prepare for Your Visit to the Brachial Plexus Clinic


  • When you come to the Brachial Plexus Clinic, many healthcare providers will see your child during the same visit. This can make for a long day. But for many families it is much easier and faster than having to go to separate doctors’ offices on different days. You can expect to have some waiting time throughout the day.
  • Your child’s healthcare team will need to examine your child’s chest, shoulder and arm. We will ask you to undress your baby down to their diaper. It’s helpful to bring a blanket with you so you can wrap your baby between exams. This is easier than putting their clothes on and taking them off several times. For older children, we suggest they wear a tank top or sports bra to make the exams easier.
  • Some children who come to the clinic need a splint (a device to keep their shoulder and arm from moving). Sometimes our occupational therapist can make the splint the same day. This means you may need to wait at the clinic while the splint is made.
  • If your baby or toddler needs surgery for a brachial plexus problem, bring your child’s car seat to your pre-operative visit. The team will adjust the car seat to work for your child after surgery, when your child’s arm will be in a sling or a cast.
  • For information on visiting Children’s clinics, please see Your Child's Clinic Visit.  

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