Nerves inside paralysed people's bodies have been "rewired" to give movement to their arms and hands, say Australian surgeons. Patients can now feed themselves, put on make-up, turn a key, handle money and type at a computer.Paul Robinson, 36 from Brisbane, said the innovative surgery had given him independence he had never imagined.
After undergoing nerve transfer surgery, a technique pioneered on spinal cord injuries by surgeons in Australia, Paul Robinson is now able to use his hands and arms to propel his own wheelchair, pick up items from the ground, and with one hand use a television remote control and hold a glass.
Breakthrough nerve surgery is restoring hand movement in paralysed people and is changing lives.
According to a study published in The Lancet, two years after surgery and following intensive physical therapy, participants were able to reach their arm out in front of them and open their hand to pick up and manipulate objects. Lead researcher Dr Natasha van Zyl from Austin Health in Melbourne, Australia told HuffPost UK the surgery is “a life-changing event” which enables people to do everyday tasks without the use of aids and adaptive devices.
Il y a deux ans, un tétraplégique retrouvait l’usage de son bras avec une neuroprothèse. Une nouvelle avancée a été réalisée : treize tétraplégiques ont pu à nouveau se servir de leurs bras pour certaines actions, grâce à une technique de transfert de nerfs, selon une étude australienne publiée dans la revue The Lancet vendredi 5 juillet.
The procedure, which connects functioning nerves to damaged ones in tetraplegic patients, has helped 13 people to regain movement and motor skills, a study showed. Nerve transfer surgery is usually used in patients with localised injuries to their arms and hands and its use in bringing movement back to paralysed limbs is new.
Australian surgeons were able to attach nerves connected to working muscles just above the spinal injury, to nerves attached to the paralysed muscle below it. After two years of physical therapy, the adults were able to open and close their hands to pick up objects and reach out their arms.
Surgeons in Australia attached nerves connected to working muscles above the spinal injury to nerves attached to the paralysed muscle below it. The working nerves were then able to “reanimate” the paralysed muscle in people with tetraplegia, the paralysis of the upper and lower limbs.
Una cirugía de transferencia de nervios devuelve la movilidad de brazo y mano a los pacientes, que pueden volver a escribir, lavarse los dientes o alimentarse por sí mismos.
People who were leby traumatic spinal damage have regained the use of their hands and the ability to perform daily tasks through a pioneering ransfer technique.Surgeons in Australia have successfully performed the operation in 13 young adults who were paralysed in both their arms and legs (tetraplegia) before their surgery.
La operación les ha permitido coger objetos, alimentarse por sí mismos, escribir y utilizar dispositivos electrónicos, lo que les da una mayor autonomía y mejora su calidad de vida
A cervical spinal cord injury is a life-changing injury that can affect anyone in a single stroke of misfortune. However, a pioneering surgical procedure is helping to undo some of the devastating damage spinal cord injuries can do, gifting people with complete paralysis the ability to write, draw, and freely move their hands once again.
More than a dozen completely paralysed adults can now write, feed themselves and even drive thanks to “life-changing” surgery. All 13 patients were tetraplegic - unable to move their hands, arms or legs - following back injuries in their 20s. Now they can all carry out everyday tasks, such as brush their hair and use computers, after surgeons connected nerves above and below the spinal break.
Groundbreaking nerve surgery has allowed 13 patients paralysed in car crashes and sporting accidents to use their arms again. Doctors in Australia have successfully reconnected the patients' limbs to their brains by grafting healthy nerves in the place of damaged ones.
Thirteen people who were completely paralysed can now perform everyday tasks after pioneering nerve surgery restored movement in their elbows and hands. Surgeons in Australia successfully attached nerves connected to working muscles above the spinal injury to nerves attached to paralysed muscle below.
A number of patients who were diagnosed with complete paralysis have been given new hope, after pioneering nerve surgery restored movement in their elbows and hands. Australian surgeons were able to attach nerves connected to working muscles above the spinal injury, to nerves attached to the paralysed muscle below it.The working nerves were then able to "reanimate" the previously paralysed muscle in people with tetraplegia, which is the paralysis of the upper and lower limbs.
When 19-year-old Jack Vawdrey dived into a friend’s pool and hit the bottom, his life changed forever. The talented young footballer woke in hospital a quadriplegic. But instead of a life of near-immobility, it turned out he was the ideal candidate for groundbreaking surgery that creates new nerve circuit.
Meet Jack, who, thanks to Revolutionary Surgery, is regaining his independence one nerve at a time. By 7.30’s Rachael Brown, Photography by Margaret Burin.
Restoration of elbow extension, grasp, key pinch, and release are major goals in low-level tetraplegia. Traditionally, these functions are achieved using tendon transfers. In this case these goals were achieved using nerve transfers. We present a 21-year-old man with a C6 level of tetraplegia.DOWNLOAD THE FULL ARTICLE
A hasty beach dive on Australia Day last year left Jim Anderson a quadriplegic.
“I didn’t do a very good shallow dive. Went in too straight and just hit the bottom,” the 23-year-old Victorian explains. “It wasn’t really painful. I just couldn’t feel anything.” The spinal cord injury that paralysed his limbs left him with no hand function and limited elbow movement. But during rehabilitation, he was offered groundbreaking surgery.
The loss of hand function is one of the most devastating consequences of Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) because of its severe impact on the everyday activities of daily living. Melbourne University Researcher Professor Mary Galea and Ms Natasha van Zyl, one of three specialist surgeons in the Upper Limb Program at Austin Health are carrying out pioneering research in support of nerve transfer surgery for SCI patients in Victoria.READ THE FULL STORY
The bravery of a young man and a team of Austin Health surgeons has put life back into the hands of quadriplegics. Two years ago, a world-first surgery was performed on a 21-year-old man who had shattered one of his cervical vertebrae in his neck (called C6) after diving into the surf at Victoria’s Ninety Mile Beach on Australia Day 2012.
Most of us don’t think twice before picking up a pen, or the phone, or reaching for a fork, but loss of hand function is one of more devastating consequences of spinal cord injury.In the past, surgeons have experimented with tendon transfers, but a Melbourne team says nerve transfers offer more options and promise better results.READ THE FULL STORY