Healing Options

Johnston, S. Laurance
December 2005
PN;Dec2005, Vol. 59 Issue 12, p22
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This article presents information on various studies related to rerouted nerves surgery. A rerouting surgery was completed in 1951 by researcher L.W. Freeman, Indiana University. In this case, Freeman connected intercostal nerves, those leading from the spinal cord around each rib to the sternum, to sacral-nerve roots below the injury site in a 33-year-old prisoner who sustained a thoracic injury from police gunshot five months earlier. Retaining their central spinal-cord connections, intercostal nerves were freed, routed through the spinal canal, and connected to sacral-nerve roots or implanted into the conus medullaris. Although the patient believed new leg and bladder phenomena were attributed to the surgery, he died four months later. Post-mortem analysis indicated the continuity of intercostal nerve axons into the sacral roots and spinal cord.


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