Our team here at Tierney Orthotics & Prosthetics is committed to providing the very best in care and service for all of our clients, and part of that commitment involves staying up-to-date with the latest in prosthetic technology. One of the most exciting developments in the field of prosthetics and amputee care in recent years is targeted muscle reinnervation. In this article, we’ll provide an overview of what this is and how it works in order to help you decide if it is right for your needs.
Targeted muscle reinnervation surgery is designed to help patients who are undergoing amputation experience an easier recovery and better quality of life post-limb loss. It does this by carefully rerouting the nerve endings in the limb to specific muscles, encouraging the severed endings to regenerate in an organized, rather than chaotic, fashion. Severed nerves generating new sprouts of endings all over the place is one of the causes of phantom limb pain, so encouraging the nerves to sprout at specific target muscles helps reduce that pain.
In addition, this procedure can help you gain more precise control of your prosthetic device (specifically for upper-limb prosthetics). When the remaining nerves are rerouted to specific motor nerves in specific muscles, you will be able to enjoy more individual muscle function, with greater fine control over the residual limb. This in turn can help you operate a prosthetic device more smoothly and easily.