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The rewiring of Tim Raglin

Published: March 13, 2015 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

The rewiring of Tim RaglinClick image above to play the video.

On a bitterly cold morning in late February, a medical team gathers at 7 a.m. on the third floor of The Ottawa Hospital’s Civic Campus to launch what will be an unprecedented day of surgery. Continue Reading »

Q&A: Nerve Transfer Surgery

Published: March 13, 2015 | Category: Answers | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

0314-nerve-transfer-surgeryQ. What is nerve transfer surgery?

A. Nerve transfer is a surgical technique that’s used to restore muscle function or sensation after a serious injury. Employing the technique, surgeons select a redundant nerve — one that serves the same function as another nerve in the body — and connect it to a more important but damaged nerve that’s not working. The nerves must be in close proximity. The rewired nerve can restore muscle function or feeling to the target area, often a hand, arm or shoulder. Continue Reading »