Plast Reconstr Surg 2019 12;144(6):1037e-1043e
From the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the Christian Doppler Laboratory for Restoration of Extremity Function, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Surgery, and the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Medical University of Vienna; and the Department of Plastic Surgery, Southmead Hospital, North Bristol NHS Trust.
Background: Although the distal targets have been lost in proximal upper limb amputees, the neural signals for intuitive hand and arm function are still available and thus can be incorporated into more useful prosthetic function using targeted muscle reinnervation technique. In this article, the authors present their outcomes and range of indications in addition to experiences and pitfalls after 30 targeted muscle reinnervation cases at above-elbow and shoulder disarticulation level of amputation.
Methods: Thirty patients with above-elbow or shoulder disarticulation amputations were enrolled between 2012 and 2017. Read More