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Novel Surgical Technique Alleviates Adverse Events After Amputation in Patients With Cancer

Ellie Leick
Published: Thursday, Jan 30, 2020

Thomas J. Scharschmidt, MD, MBOE, an associate professor and surgical oncologist at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center-James, The OSU Wexner Medical Center

Thomas J. Scharschmidt, MD, MBOE

Patients with cancer undergoing amputation for their malignancy experience high rates of postamputation secondary to symptomatic neuromas and phantom limb pain, which leads to a lessened use of prosthesis and poor functional outcomes, explained Thomas J. Scharschmidt, MD, MBOE. However, a study evaluating targeted muscle reinnervation (TMR) sought to combat these challenges by transferring the transected peripheral nerves to target muscle motor nerve units, he adds.
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