Paralysis is defined as the loss of the ability to move some or all of the body. It can have many different causes, some of which can be serious. Depending on the cause, paralysis may be temporary or permanent. Reconstructive nerve techniques may be used to help restore function to patients who are experiencing permanent paralysis due to accidents and strokes.
What are the common causes of limb paralysis?
Strokes are the most common cause of paralysis because of their ability to injure the brain and impede its relationship with the spinal cord, accounting for 29% of all paralysis cases. Spinal cord injuries account for 23% of paralysis cases, with car accidents, falls, sporting injuries, and violence causing most spinal cord injuries. Aside from spinal cord injuries, peripheral nerve injuries may occur following traumatic accidents, resulting in limb paralysis (i.e. brachial plexus injury).
How can limb paralysis be treated?
Advanced nerve surgery techniques in conjunction with physical therapy may be used to attempt reversing arm and hand paralysis occurring after a spinal cord injury. For some stroke patients, paralysis may improve spontaneously with time. However, for many stroke sufferers limb weakness or limb paralysis may be permanent, requiring surgical intervention.
Nerve transplantation surgery can help patients who have suffered an injury to the nerve plexuses in the arm or leg. The surgeons at The Institute for Advanced Reconstruction can use this procedure to restore function in patients who have nerves so severely damaged that no other treatment options can help.
Why Choose The Institute for Advanced Reconstruction for Nerve Transplantation?
To date, approximately 301 nerve transplants have been performed in the world. About one-third of those operations were performed at The Institute for Advanced Reconstruction in New Jersey. Our surgeons are on the cutting edge of modern nerve surgery; there are few places in the world where one can find such a combination of knowledge, skill and experience.
When we perform a nerve transplantation surgery, we work closely with an expert team of transplant specialists, neurologists, immunologists, and infectious diseases specialists. This allows us to provide the highest quality care and best possible results to our patients.