SY01 – Reducing Cost and Disability Scores while Increasing Quality of Life
According to national statistics, nearly 1 in 50 people in the U.S. are living with paralysis – approximately 5.4 million people. Aside from the physical barriers that patients diagnosed with some degree of paralysis face, many patients also experience a decrease in quality of life and negative mental health effects. We present advanced surgical treatment options for two challenging diagnoses: upper limb paralysis and recurrent pressure ulcers in paraplegic patients. With advances in microsurgery, function can be restored in many patients with upper limb paralysis who have nerves so severely damaged that no other treatment options can alleviate their problem. The development of a nerve grafting procedure to restore sensation to the hip and buttock areas in paraplegics has provided a long term solution to not only treat pressure ulcers, but to prevent recurrence and decrease lifetime treatment costs. Educating medical professionals on these advanced treatment options can help to provide hope to the many Americans affected by paralysis.