Phrenic Nerve 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 solutions.

We treat international patients across the globe. Our world-class surgeons are ready to help you with life-altering surgeries, such as phrenic nerve surgery, which reverses diaphragm paralysis. This procedure is performed by Dr. Matthew Kaufman, a reconstructive plastic surgeon and a certified otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) physician. He is the only known expert in the world to perform phrenic nerve surgery, which he does in both New Jersey and Los Angeles.

What is the Phrenic Nerve?

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.


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. Kaufman

Matthew Kaufman, MDDr. Matthew R. Kaufman is a plastic and reconstruction surgeon board certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) and the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNSF), a rare duel certification. He is also a fellow of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and a member of The Rhinoplasty Society. He is Co-Director of the Center for Treatment of Paralysis and Reconstructive Nerve Surgery at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, and a clinical assistant professor of surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Kaufman’s training was completed at the best surgical programs in both New York City and Los Angeles.

He has pioneered cutting-ege treatments for breathing muscle (diaphragm) paralysis and ventilator dependency due to spinal cord injury and has successfully treated over 250 patients with these conditions throughout the U.S. and from countries as far away as Australia and Israel. Dr. Kaufman is also a regional expert in nerve decompression surgery for migraine headaches and occipital neuralgia. He has been surgically treating this condition since 2006 and is amongst the most experienced in the U.S.


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 the New Jersey facilities of The Institute for Advanced Reconstruction to have plastic reconstruction surgery, nerve reconstruction and phrenic nerve surgery performed. For phrenic nerve, it can also be performed at the David Geffen Medical Center at UCLA.

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
  • Transportation
  • Language translation
  • Meal or dietary needs
  • Religious services
  • Private duty nursing
  • Other needs and requests

Read more about our phrenic nerve program and our patient stories about phrenic nerve surgery.



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