Dr. Matthew Kaufman
May 18, 2018 - Dr. Kaufman
to Speak at ATS Conference
I am so blessed to have had the phrenic nerve surgery that Dr. Kaufman
had performed on Friday, March 13th!
Then one day I saw Dr. Kaufman's
article but thought I may not be a candidate.
After all, I was 'functioning'.
I went to see my pulmonologist again with the article about Dr. Kaufman's procedure.
had not heard of Dr. Kaufman
or the procedure and said he
would look into it.
In the meantime, I had several tests performed for my lung and heart functions.
My pulmonologist looked into the procedure and referred me to a thoracic surgeon at Hershey Medical
This surgeon did not perform this procedure in the article but had offered to contact Dr. Kaufman
with my test results to see if I was a candidate.
After a short time, I received a call from Heather stating that I was a candidate!
I was so thrilled!
conferenced with me on the phone, we set a date for the consultation and surgery.
Everything was explained to my husband and me in detail.
We decided to go forward with the surgery.
It was the best decision for me!
And I feel oh so much better after such a considerably short time of a little over four months!
I can't thank Dr. Kaufman
enough for helping me and giving me a second chance at living a fuller life!
I look forward to my one-year checkup with Dr. Kaufman
can see how much better I am and how he
has helped me so much!
Patient to Undergo Phrenic Nerve Procedure with Dr. Matthew Kaufman
Dr. Kaufman with Revital Haik
already had an uphill battle with her
Two years ago, she
endured not one, but two operations for thyroid cancer.
Unfortunately, Haik's story was not uncommon for Dr. Kaufman
who continually sees patients with paralyzed diaphragms resulting from surgeries, injuries or accidents.
Subsequently, these patients have dangerous, life-altering symptoms and their medical professionals often tell them that they "just have to live with it".
Yet Dr. Kaufman
offers an alternative.
is the only known surgeon to perform specialized phrenic nerve surgery.
The phrenic nerve controls function of the diaphragm muscle, the primary muscle involved in breathing.
Treatment options for phrenic nerve injury have been limited to either nonsurgical therapy or diaphragm plication, neither of which attempts to restore normal function to the paralyzed diaphragm.
However, advances in nerve decompression and transplant have enabled Dr. Kaufman
to reverse diaphragm paralysis.
The techniques he
utilizes are derived from the procedures commonly used to treat arm or leg paralysis, which allow surgeons to restore function to previously paralyzed muscle groups.
To date, Dr. Kaufman
has performed this specialized procedure over 200 times since 2007 at Jersey Shore University Medical Center
in New Jersey and at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Medical Center.
Well versed on the matter, he
has also published various academic articles on phrenic nerve surgery.
unique expertise and experience, Dr. Kaufman
is sought after by patients of all ages from around the world including Australia, Canada, and Israel.
While Dr. Kaufman
cannot be sure of the extent of the problem until the surgery, he
is guardedly optimistic.
"I have dealt with this problem before [phrenic nerve damage due to thyroid surgery] and most of the patients have done extremely well.
Preliminary test results lead us to believe that Revital has a high likelihood of a favorable outcome."
Haik will arrive in New Jersey at the end of June for her
surgery with Dr. Kaufman
sister, also a mother of young children, will be escorting her
The article from Kaufman
and colleagues provides the strongest evidence to date in favor of a sea-change in how one might approach patients with diaphragmatic paralysis.
On December 5, 2014, Brown underwent surgery with Dr. Matthew Kaufman and Dr. Andrew Elkwood, both of The Institute for Advanced Reconstruction in Shrewsbury, NJ, and Dr. Adam Shiroff, Chief of Trauma Surgery, at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, NJ.
, the only known surgeon to perform surgery on the phrenic nerve, completed a phrenic nerve graft while installing a diaphragm pacemaker with Dr. Shiroff.
As the phrenic nerve regenerates over a period of one year and the diaphragm muscle strengthens, we would not be surprised if he
is eventually able to breathe completely on his
own," states Dr. Kaufman
will be presenting on the Evaluation Of Current And Future Surgical Treatment Options for Diaphragmatic Paralysis and Ventilator Dependency in High Cervical Tetraplegia at the May 14-16, 2015 ISCOS ASIA meeting in Montreal, the largest international scientific gathering of experts in the treatment of spinal cord injury.