Brachial Plexus Injury Solutions for International Patients
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Our patients often hear from doctors about their conditions, “You just have to live with it.” But, at The Institute for Advanced Reconstruction, we offer resolutions.
We treat international patients across the globe, and our world-class surgeons are ready to help you with life-altering procedures, including nerve transplant surgery for those who have suffered massive injuries to the brachial plexus or other types of paralysis.
What Is a Brachial Plexus Injury?
The brachial plexus is a large, complex bundle of nerves in the shoulder. Nearly all the signals that go from the brain to the upper arm pass through the brachial plexus. When a person sustains an injury to the shoulder, neck or arm, the brachial plexus nerves can also sustain damage, causing loss of sensation/paralysis of the arm or chronic pain.
Most brachial plexus injuries result from trauma to the shoulder, often in the form of stretch injuries. They can also be caused by pressure on the brachial plexus nerves stemming from an accident, tumor growth in the area or physiological problems present since birth. The nerves of the brachial plexus may also be damaged by chemotherapy, radiation or exposure to infectious agents.
Brachial plexus reconstruction may be necessary for patients who are experiencing arm paralysis, and/or pain or numbness as a result of damage to nerves in the shoulder, neck or chest. At The Institute for Advanced Reconstruction, our surgeons are adept at a number of different methods of brachial plexus reconstruction.
Depending upon its seriousness, there are non-surgical methods to relieve inflammation; however, some cases require brachial plexus reconstruction to relieve pressure on the nerves or even replace the nerves (nerve transplant surgery).
According to Dr. Andrew Elkwood, an expert in brachial plexus surgery, “A patient’s surgical treatment regimen needs to be personalized, as it is often a complex, multi-step undertaking. There are many procedures that can be undertaken to help. Muscle transfers, tendon transfers, muscle flaps and joint fusion are some of the procedures that may also benefit patients with paralysis. I know of no other surgeon that performs all aspects of this type of surgery. There are a number of steps and surgeries I explore with every patient, and I don’t quit until every treatment or surgical option has been considered and, if relevant, performed.”
“From the least to most complicated cases, I am dedicated to returning patients to the best quality of life possible,” continues Dr. Elkwood. “I have devoted my career to this specialized surgery. I particularly pride myself in taking care of patients who have been told that nothing can be done or that they have maximized their treatment, but I can take them to the next level. It’s rare that I see someone that I say there is nothing I can do. I’m going to get them better than they were—that’s my obsession.”
About The Institute for Advanced Reconstruction
At The Institute for Advanced Reconstruction, we offer world-class reconstructive treatments from new advances in nerve reconstruction for paralysis to state-of-the-art, more natural methods of breast reconstruction. Patients from across the country and around the globe come to our prestigious New Jersey-based practice.
Our physicians are some of the only ones nationwide, and in some cases worldwide, to perform certain life-altering surgeries, including complex nerve decompressions and nerve transplants. The physicians have been extensively published in medical journals and have presented at numerous medical conferences. Each doctor has been featured on several platforms of local, national and international media.
About Dr. Elkwood
Dr. Andrew Elkwood is a renowned expert in the treatment for brachial plexus injury. In his over 20 years of medical practice, he has successfully treated countless patients with brachial plexus injuries, including some of the most complex cases. Dr. Elkwood is the Founder and Chairman of the Center for the Treatment of Paralysis and Reconstructive Nerve Surgery at the Jersey Shore Medical Center, which was established to deal with brachial plexus and other nerve injuries. Dr. Elkwood and his colleagues at The Institute for Advanced Reconstruction are among the few or only experts nationally and worldwide to perform all aspects of reconstructive procedures.
Travel to Our Office
The collective experience, training and expertise of our doctors—as well as their innovative procedures—are the main reasons that people travel considerable distances to have plastic reconstruction surgery and nerve reconstruction performed at the New Jersey facilities of The Institute for Advanced Reconstruction.
We are experienced in coordinating both medical records and travel arrangements for your trip to benefit from our care. We cater to patient and family requests, including:
- Travel and hotel arrangements
- Language translation
- Meal or dietary needs
- Religious services
- Private duty nursing
- Other needs and requests