Stroke Treatment Program

Post-Stroke Pain Treatment

After a stroke many patients find it difficult to eat normally due to swallowing problems. The process of swallowing is rather complex, requiring the precise coordination of various muscles triggered by sensory feedback. A stroke may cause an imbalance in this process and can lead to aspiration – the leakage of food and/or saliva into the breathing passages. If left untreated aspiration will often lead to life threatening conditions such as pneumonia.

Individuals suffering from stroke and aspiration often have little hope and may be reliant on a feeding tube for nutrition. Until now there have been few options for reversing swallowing difficulties associated with stroke.

At The Institute for Advanced Reconstruction in Shrewsbury, NJ, we offer an innovative surgical procedure to select stroke patients. The goal of the procedure is to restore sensation to the upper airway so that stroke patients may protect their airway during swallowing and reduce or eliminate aspiration. Ultimately, the patient would then be able to return to an oral diet rather than a feeding tube for nutritional requirements, thereby improving function and quality of life following stroke.

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One of the most devastating consequences of a stroke is losing the ability to move one side of the body. For stroke patients with arm paralysis that does not resolve on its own, our renowned experts at The Institute for Advanced Reconstruction have pioneered treatments to reverse the condition.

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For those whose normal swallowing function has not recovered six months following a stroke, they may benefit from a relatively new surgical procedure offered at The Institute for Advanced Reconstruction. Our surgeons, pioneers in stroke treatment, may be able to restore nerve function to the portions of the throat and airway that have lost normal activity. This corrects swallowing difficulties.

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Some stroke victims suffer problems with their voice. This is known as vocal cord dysfunction or vocal cord paralysis. Our experts at The Institute for Advanced Reconstruction offer microsurgical nerve reconstruction surgery to reverse vocal cord dysfunction following stroke. Their pioneering procedure is an option for those suffering with a hoarse or weakened voice.

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The Institute for Advanced Reconstruction’s reputation for excellence is such that patients often travel considerable distances to take advantage of our expertise.

The physicians of The Institute for Advanced Reconstruction are recognized as leaders in the field of nerve reconstruction and plastic reconstructive surgery. With over half a century of combined experience, they can bring an impressive body of knowledge to bear on difficult cases. The Institute for Advanced Reconstruction’s team approach to medicine ensures that patients receive the highest possible quality of care, and hence the most functional and natural-looking reconstruction possible.

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The Institute for Advanced Reconstruction’s reputation for excellence is such that patients often travel considerable distances to take advantage of our expertise.

The physicians of The Institute for Advanced Reconstruction are recognized as leaders in the field of nerve reconstruction and plastic reconstructive surgery. With over half a century of combined experience, they can bring an impressive body of knowledge to bear on difficult cases. The Institute for Advanced Reconstruction’s team approach to medicine ensures that patients receive the highest possible quality of care, and hence the most functional and natural-looking reconstruction possible.

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