44 Year-Old Stroke Patient Paralyzed On Right Side Undergoes Procedure Performed by New Jersey Medical Team


SHREWSBURY, NJ – December 18, 2007 – The Plastic Surgery Center today announced that a rare nerve transplant was performed for the first time on a stroke patient to reverse paralysis. The surgery was performed at Monmouth Medical Center by a team of NJ medical professionals led by Dr. Andrew Elkwood, M.D.

During the procedure, Dr. Elkwood and his team utilized advanced technology to take nerves from 44-year old Vincent Filipini’s legs and attach nerves from his working side to nerves on his paralyzed side to restore functionality of his arm.

Dr Elkwood is a pioneer in this procedure, cross chest brachial plexus neurotization, and has had great success in restoring functionality of patients who had become paralyzed from accidents.

Dr. Elkwood is part of the medical team at the Plastic Surgery Center, which is comprised of a group of surgeons who are highly skilled in nerve transplantation and advanced reconstruction. They perform a number of unique operations to help patients suffering from life-altering medical conditions who are often unaware that a treatment is available. Some of these conditions that the Plastic Surgery Center treats include:

  • Paralysis resulting from accidents and strokes
  • Diabetic Neuropathy
  • Paralyzed diaphragm/ventilator-based breathing
  • Facial Reanimation

About The Plastic Surgery Center

Located in Shrewsbury, New Jersey, The Plastic Surgery Center’s team of doctors has more than 50 years of combined experience performing facial, skin, and body cosmetic surgery. They offer cutting edge cosmetic and reconstructive procedures and have developed a number of innovative surgical techniques offered at few other facilities in the world. The Plastic Surgery Center doctors are committed to excellence providing exceptional, personalized care in a friendly, comfortable setting using the most advanced equipment available. For further information, please visit the Plastic Surgery Center’s website at