Back Injury – New Tetraplegic Surgery Revives Hand Motion
Josephine Cullotta July 24, 2019
After Back Injury – New Tetraplegic Nerve Transfer Surgery Revives Hand Motion
Tetraplegic Loss of Function
Fifty percent of spinal cord injuries results in Tetraplegia —more commonly known as Quadriplegia— loss of function to all four limbs.
Unlike tendon reconstruction surgery (transfer of a tendon), a recent study (see video below) a Quadriplegics’ nerve transfer surgery allows for direct surgical reactivation of the muscle function that it was intended to use it for.
Use of a hand can allow for more independence to a Quadriplegic. Therefore, regaining some form of arm and hand function is the highest priority for people with tetraplegia.
Traditional Quadriplegia Tendon Transfer Surgery After Back Injury
Traditionally, some arm and hand functions are reconstructed using surgical tendon transfers. This type of surgery moves the tendon. For example, surgical transfer of elbow flexors, to a new site to recreate the function of a paralyzed wrist extensor.
New Breakthrough Quadriplegia – Nerve Transfer Surgery – After Back Injury
This new nerve transfer surgery can restore voluntary control and reanimate more than one paralyzed muscle. For example, to restore hand grasp and pinch, the nerve to a spare functioning wrist muscle can be surgically transferred to the nerve controlling thumb and finger flexion.
Medical care cost for Chicago or IL spinal cord injury (SCI) ranges between $15,000 to $30,000 the first year.
Cullotta Law Offices’ law firm, located in Glenview & Chicago, has medical & legal education & experience handling traumatic spinal and brain injury
If you have a back injury that needs surgery after an accident in IL, call Back Injury Lawyer at Cullotta Law in Glenview & Chicago at 847-651-7191.