Conditions We Treat

About the Conditions We Treat

The Center for Treatment of Paralysis & Reconstructive Nerve Surgery provides a variety of cutting edge treatments for the following conditions:

  • Brachial Plexus Injuries
  • Diabetic Neuropathy
  • Diaphragmatic Hernia Repair
  • Diaphragmatic Plication
  • Facial Reanimation
  • Foot Drop
  • Leg Paralysis
  • Nerve Compression Syndromes
  • Occipital Neuralgia
  • Paralysis resulting from accidents and strokes
  • Paralyzed diaphragm/ventilator-based breathing
  • Phrenic Nerve Injuries
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Stroke Treatment

The Center utilizes nerve-related surgeries and other procedures to enable certain paralysis patients, previously told that nothing more could be done for their condition or related complications, to regain their motor functions and take back control of their lives.

Patients have regained hope from:

  • Arm paralysis as a result of injury or medical problems: The most minimally invasive long-term solution may be to transplant nerves from the patient's ankle to the damaged nerves to restore the arm's functionality.
  • Brachial Plexus Injury: To relieve the patient from pain caused by a trauma to the nerves in the shoulder. Treatment can be physical therapy or a surgical reconstruction to relieve pressure on the nerves or even replace the nerves.
  • Dependence on splint: To eliminate patients' dependence on splints to function, we use several different techniques to strengthen muscles and/or replace permanent use of a splint.
  • Diaphragm Paralysis: For patients who suffer have a phrenic nerve injury from a spinal cord injury, sleep apnea, central nervous system disorder, stroke, or because of ALS, we are able to implant a diaphragm pacemaker to help patients get off of their ventilators.
  • Diaphragmatic Hernia Repair: There are different types of hernias that can affect the way the diaphragm works that leads to a difficulty in breathing. We are able to correct this laparocscopically to provide a fast recovery and lessen the inpatient stay.
  • Diaphragmatic Plication: For patients that do not qualify for traditional phrenic nerve repair surgery, diaphragmatic plication may be an alternate option for relief. This laparocscopic procedure requires lowering of the diaphragm which increases the amount of air that is let into the lungs, making it easily for the patient to breathe.
  • Foot drop: Foot drop may be treated by transferring nerves from the leg to the peroneal nerve area – the nerve that communicates to the muscles to lift the foot.
  • Impaired breathing from spinal cord injuries: Phrenic nerve surgery may restore movement of the lungs and diaphragm impaired by spinal cord injuries.
  • Life-altering pressure sores: By taking nerves from a patient's paralyzed leg and grafting from the rib to the sciatic nerve, we may relieve and prevent life-altering paraplegic pressure ulcers.
  • Lifetime reliance on feeding tubes to swallow: To restore sensation and movement needed to eat and swallow, our team transfers nerves from within the neck to the throat to stop reliance on feeding tubes for survival. These instances are often a side effect of stroke patients and acute paraplegia.
  • Lifelong rehabilitation as the only option for paraplegics: Surgical options coupled with rehabilitation may yield even greater results than rehabilitation alone.
  • Neuropathy pain and risk of limb amputation: We perform a minimally invasive surgical procedure known as “triple nerve decompression,” which can mitigate pain, restore sensation, and ultimately may reduce risk of amputation.
  • Occipital Neuralgia: Where patients experience pain similar to a migraine, but is treated with a local anesthetic to temporarily relieve the pain.
  • Paralysis from a stroke: We have restored functionality of stroke patients through procedures including, "cross chest brachial plexus neurotization."
  • Partial facial paralysis: Sensation and movement may be restored in patients suffering from partial facial paralysis by transplanting nerves from the functioning side of the face.

Contact Information

To learn more about the Center for Treatment of Paralysis & Reconstructive Nerve Surgery, please call 732-776-3893 or complete our online form.