Sunday, April 18, 2021

Tag: nerve transfer

Rewiring of nerves gives movement to paralyzed arms and hands

Researchers from Australia have successfully “rewired” the nerves within the paralyzed arms of some accident survivors and provided them with successful movement of arms and hands. The results of the study titled, “Expanding traditional tendon-based...

Surgeons restore hand, arm movement to quadriplegic patients

A pioneering surgical technique has restored some hand and arm movement to patients immobilized by spinal cord injuries in the neck, reports a new study at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Like railroad switchmen, the focus is on rerouting passageways; however, instead of trains on a track, the surgeons redirect peripheral nerves in a quadriplegic’s arms and hands by connecting healthy nerves to the injured nerves. Essentially, the new nerve network reintroduces conversation between the brain and the muscles that allows patients, once again, to accomplish tasks that foster independence, such as feeding themselves or writing with a pen.

Joel Sardi: My Spinal Cord Injury…

The loss of hand function is one of the most devastating consequences of Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) because of its severe impact on the everyday activities of daily living. Melbourne University Researcher Professor Mary...

The rewiring of Tim Raglin

The team’s goal is audacious: to restore movement to the right hand of Tim Raglin, a 44-year-old quadriplegic whose fingers have been frozen in place since August 2007.

Q&A: Nerve Transfer Surgery

Q. What is nerve transfer surgery? A. Nerve transfer is a surgical technique that’s used to restore muscle function or sensation after a serious injury. Employing the technique, surgeons select a redundant nerve — one...

Vic surgery hope for quadriplegics

A hasty beach dive on Australia Day last year left Jim Anderson a quadriplegic. "I didn't do a very good shallow dive. Went in too straight and just hit the bottom," the 23-year-old Victorian explains. "It...