World's first 'bionic reconstructions' of hands performed Medical News Today

February 25, 2015 9:32 AM

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World's first 'bionic reconstructions' of hands performed Medical News Today

The men had been living with injuries to their brachial plexus, a network of nerves that begins in the neck region and connects to the majority of nerves responsible for controlling the movement of the upper limbs. Brachial plexus injuries most commonly occur in high-speed collisions or collision sports such as football or rugby.

Sustained as a result of climbing and motor vehicle accidents, the men's injuries had led to poor hand function. Prof. Oskar Aszmann, a developer of bionic reconstruction, describes such injuries as representing "an inner amputation, irreversibly separating the hand from neural control."

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