Dr. Matthew Kaufman
Congratulations to Dr. Andrew Elkwood and Dr. Matthew Kaufman of The Plastic Surgery Center.
Margaret is awaiting surgery with Dr. Matthew Kaufman
to implant a diaphragm pacemaker, which will allow her to breathe independently, without the need for long term ventilator support.
Matthew Kaufman, M.D., who specializes in treatments for swallowing disorders after stroke, diaphragm paralysis, and spinal cord injuries, will perform this unique procedure.
The visiting doctors will observe this procedure and other surgeries performed by the Center's nerve specialists: Michael Rose, M.D., Andrew Elkwood, M.D., Matthew Kaufman, M.D., Tushar R. Patel, M.D., and Russell Ashinoff, M.D.
Dr. Matthew Kaufman, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon at The Plastic Surgery Center and The Institute for Advanced Reconstruction in Shrewsbury, said that Conlon's experience is not a common problem.
But as necessary as the cardioversion was, "because the phrenic nerve is in contact with portions of the heart, it's possible it was susceptible."
According to Kaufman
, the phrenic nerve connects the brain and spinal cord to the diaphragm muscle, which is responsible for the respiratory force that the lungs rely on to inflate and take in air.
"Damage to the right or left phrenic nerve can be caused by inadvertent trauma to the neck, chest, spine or various parts of the body from an accident, surgery, etc.," he
But while modern treatment for general nerve injuries got its start in World War II, little had been done in the specialized and lesser-seen field of phrenic nerve damage until the past decade.
"We reasoned that, if other peripheral nerves outside of the spinal cord could be repaired, why not the phrenic nerve?
of the expertise he
has become recognized for nationally since 2007 using advanced microsurgical techniques.
Kaufman is board certified in both plastic surgery and otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, and was trained at The Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan.
has patients worldwide who have received his
phrenic nerve surgery.
After using electrodiagnostics to identify Conlon's exact "zone of injury" and provide a roadmap of the damage done, Kaufman
performed a precise, two-step process to help repair the 5- to 6-centimeter portion of Conlon's right phrenic nerve that had been affected.
"First, we applied decompression to the nerve to free it up and release it from the scar tissue - or compression - that was tethering it," he