Thirteen young adults who were paralysed in sporting or traffic accidents have had movement in their hands restored through pioneering nerve transfer surgery, enabling them to feed themselves, hold a drink, write and in some cases return to work.
Their findings from their work on 13 patients are reported reported in the Lancet medical journal.
Nerve transfers are not new, she says, but had not been successful in spinal cord injuries.
They recruited 16 young adult patients who had become tetraplegic after motor accidents, falls, sports or diving.
Four nerve transplants in three patients failed, but the team say tendon transplant is then available as a backup.
For now, nerve transfers are a cost-effective way to harness the body’s innate capability to restore movement in a paralysed limb.”.
In December 2015, he received a nerve and tendon transfer on his right side and nerve transfer on his left side. »