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Paralyzed Man Undergoes Innovative Procedure to Restore Natural Sensation in Arms

Jun 13, 2018 | By , on Personal Injury.

Suffering a paralyzing injury can change your life in profound ways. Not only is your mobility affected, but you also lose the ability to feel sensations as well. A Miami paralysis attorney can provide you with representation in pursuing a claim for compensation for your financial loss, as well as pain and emotional damage that results from suffering a paralyzing injury.  You deserve to be fully compensated if someone caused your paralysis and altered your future by their actions.

One of the reasons why paralysis can be such a devastating injury for many people is because the loss of mobility and loss of sensation is generally permanent. However, medical advances are being made every day and there is potential hope that sometime in the future, it may be possible for those who suffer paralysis to get some sensation and motion back.  In fact, Fortune recently reported that a surgery took place in which a team of researchers was, for the first time, able to restore natural sensation to the arms of a paralyzed man.

Surgery Helps Restore Sensation to a Paralyzed Man

According to Fortune, researchers from the California Institute of Technology undertook a procedure in which electrodes were placed into the brain of a man whose arms had been paralyzed. The electrodes were able to restore natural sensation to the man’s arms.  The patient was a 32-year-old man who suffered a spinal injury and who had become paralyzed from the shoulders down. The patient had a total of 96 electrodes surgically implanted into his brain in the part of the brain that controls sensation.

Researchers were able to test the electrodes to determine if they were functional by sending different electrical currents through each while the patient described whether he was feeling any sensation. A screen with a map of the electrodes displayed which were active at the time when the man experienced sensation.

The researchers isolated the electrodes that seemed most promising and conducted a repeat of the experiment, once again asking the man to describe when he experienced sensation.  Throughout the process, the man experienced many different sensations, including feeling his body moving through time and space and feeling things touch his skin. The paralyzed man also reported feeling pinches, goosebumps, and a feeling of forward movement and upward movement.

The senior author of the study, a neuroscience professor, indicates that a procedure similar to this one could one day make it possible for prosthetic limbs to be capable of experiencing feeling and sensation just as natural limbs do. This would enhance dexterity for those with prosthetics because touch feedback can be important to pick up and manipulate items.

Breakthrough medical procedures such as this type of cutting edge surgery can be expensive. It is important to ensure that you have pursued a claim for full compensation if someone caused your paralysis so you can get the cutting-edge care you need. A Miami paralysis attorney can help, so give us a call today to find out about the assistance we can offer in pursuing a claim for full and fair compensation for losses.

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