Phrenic Nerve Program
At The Institute for Advanced Reconstruction, our physicians have pioneered world-class treatment for phrenic nerve injury in order to reverse diaphragm paralysis. This procedure is done by Dr. Matthew Kaufman, a reconstructive plastic surgeon as well as an expert in Otolaryngology (head and neck surgery). He is the only known expert in the world to perform this surgery.
The phrenic nerve controls function of the diaphragm muscle, the primary muscle involved in breathing. Contraction of the diaphragm muscle permits expansion of the chest cavity and inhalation of air into the lungs. Until now, treatment options for phrenic nerve injury have been limited to either nonsurgical therapy or diaphragm plication, neither of which attempts to restore normal function to the paralyzed diaphragm.
However, advances in nerve decompression and transplant have enabled Dr. Kaufman to reverse diaphragm paralysis. The techniques he utilizes are derived from the procedures commonly used to treat arm or leg paralysis, which allow surgeons to restore function to previously paralyzed muscle groups.
What We Offer
- Breathing Pacemakers for Diaphragm Paralysis
- Nerve Decompression & Grafting
- Diaphragm Muscle Replacement
- Phrenic Nerve Program at UCLA
- Meet the Phrenic Nerve Specialist
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Meet the Phrenic Nerve Specialist
Dr. Matthew Kaufman has performed phrenic nerve surgery over 200 times since 20071 at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in New Jersey and at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Medical Center.
Together with the surgeons at The Institute for Advanced Reconstruction, he has also published a number of academic articles on the topic and presented at medical conferences throughout the U.S. and the world.
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