A new type of surgery offers amputees better control of muscles that remain after surgery, and of their prosthetic limbs, its inventors say.
The standard surgical approach to amputation has changed little since the American Civil War, according to developers of the new approach. In their small study, the new procedure also helped curb pain and sensations like the troubling “phantom limb” syndrome.
“In working with all these patients, that’s actually been one of the most rewarding parts of my experience. They have been very receptive and very open to trying this,” said Shriya Srinivasan. She is a postdoctoral researcher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Cambridge, Mass., and lead author of the study.
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