Journal article

Expanding traditional tendon-based techniques with nerve transfers for the restoration of upper limb function in tetraplegia: a prospective case series

Natasha van Zyl, Bridget Hill, Catherine Cooper, Jodie Hahn, Mary P Galea

The Lancet | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2019

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Loss of upper extremity function after cervical spinal cord injury greatly affects independence, including social, vocational, and community engagement. Nerve transfer surgery offers an exciting new option for the reanimation of upper limb function in tetraplegia. The aim of this study was to evaluate the outcomes of nerve transfer surgery used for the reanimation of upper limb function in tetraplegia. METHODS: In this prospective case series, we consecutively recruited people of any age with early (<18 months post-injury) cervical spinal cord injury of motor level C5 and below, who had been referred to a single centre for upper extremity reanimation and were deemed suitable for ..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Institute for Safety, Compensation, and Recovery Research


Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded by the Australian Institute for Safety, Compensation, and Recovery Research (grant number N-13-091). We acknowledge the clinical contributions of surgeons Stephen J Flood and Michael D Weymouth, and occupational therapist Simon Campanella, as well as the administrative assistance of Amy Prentice.