Reconstructive surgeons have transplanted and rerouted nerves into the paralyzed shoulder of a motorcycle accident victim so that he will have a better opportunity to operate a myoelectric prosthesis for his missing right arm. The operation was conducted at Christ Hospital in Jersey City, N.J., by a team led by Emran Sheikh of the Institute for Nerve, Hand, and Reconstructive Surgery. Sheikh said his patient is already showing some shoulder function. "If he gets back three or four muscle groups, then that will potentially translate to three or four prostheses actions," Sheikh said.
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