The human body has a remarkable capacity to regenerate itself. Bone, skin and even some muscles can be regrown in injured limbs with just a little help from medicine. But traumatic injury often also injures the nerves that control sensation and movement. Nerve tissue is harder to regrow than other tissues, but without nerves, the bones, skin and muscles are nearly useless.
Cleveland Clinic researchers are looking at ways to use nerve tissue from donors, with a little modification, to serve as guides to help patients regrow damaged nerves. These modified tissues, called epineural conduits, can help a patient regrow injured nerves as long as 10cm (about 4 inches). Cleveland Clinic surgeons expect to begin testing these tissues in human patients in the next few
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If you have suffered a traumatic injury or illness and are interested in exploring reconstructive transplant as an option, please contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment.