Miami Children’s Hospital Uses New Nerve Technology To Perform Nerve Repair Surgery

The renowned and celebrated Miami Children’s Hospital have announced their first nerve repair surgery using the technologically advanced Avance® Nerve Graft. This new nerve technology was implanted during surgery to repair an injury suffered by a 6 month baby girl to her brachial plexus.  Dr. John A. I. Grossman, Director of The Brachial Plexus Program at Miami Children’s Hospital, performed the complex surgery and explained how “the Avance® Nerve Graft is changing how we approach the surgical reconstruction of injured brachial plexus nerves and is a very valuable new tool,”.

The brachial plexus is an extremely vital, yet complex nerve, controlling the movement of muscles in the arm, hand and shoulder as well as all the sensations from these areas.  If these sorts of injuries are left untreated in infants then it can lead to severe disabilities in older life such as limited movement, numbness or even paralysis.  Usually, treatment for this sort of nerve injury requires healthy nerves to be taken from the patient’s body elsewhere which are then used to repair the damaged nerves which is called an auto graft, however because sometimes there isn’t enough healthy nerve available to use, a nerve substitute had to be created. This is where the Avance® Nerve Graft comes into play, with Dr. Grossman adding that it “is the closest you can get to the patient’s own nerve in terms of structure, size and compatibility with the body’s healing processes.”

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