Andrew Elkwood, MD, FACS and Matthew R. Kaufman, MD, FACS, leading plastic and reconstructive surgeons at The Institute for Advanced Reconstruction at The Plastic Surgery Center, will present new findings based on their work in advanced reconstructive techniques for people with spinal cord injuries and pain disorders at two upcoming scientific meetings.
will present his
research on innovative techniques to reverse ventilator dependency on April 15 at the American Spinal Injury Association
Annual Scientific Meeting in Philadelphia.
On May 21, he
will also present his
latest findings on the use of nerve decompression surgery for patients suffering from post-traumatic headache at the 8th World Congress of the World Institute of Pain
, in New York.
At the American Spinal Injury Association
meeting, Dr. Kaufman
will discuss ?Diaphragm Muscle Replacement With Implanted Pacemaker to Reverse Ventilator Dependency in Cervical Tetraplegia.
presentation will define which patients with cervical spinal cord injury are least likely to have success at eliminating ventilator dependency; discuss current surgical options, including the implantation of diaphragm pacemakers, which are available to some patients with tetraplegia (injury to the spinal cord in the cervical vertebra, causing paralysis of all four limbs) who would otherwise be ventilator-dependent; and discuss a novel procedure, called diaphragm muscle replacement, as a potential safe and effective option for progressive or complete diaphragm muscle atrophy in cervical tetraplegia with ventilator dependency.
has pioneered this procedure, which incorporates the use of muscle and phrenic nerve grafts to enable some patients whose diaphragms are paralyzed to breath normally.
has successfully treated more than 250 patients from across the globe.
?With the advances we have made, many patients can now be weaned off of ventilators," said Dr. Kaufman, a partner in the Insitute. ?This enables them to live a better, more independent life and reduce their risk of infections and other serious complications."
Also at the World Institute of Pain Congress
, Dr. Kaufman
will present: ?Nerve Decompression Surgery for Post-Traumatic Headache: A Report of Microsurgical Techniques, Intra-Operative Findings and Surgical Outcomes.
Headache known as ?post-traumatic headache" (PTH) is the most common complaint after trauma to the head or neck.
will discuss cases in which PTH patients who had not been helped by medical treatment benefitted from nerve decompression surgery.
These patients had debilitating headaches for an average of eight years before being treated by Dr. Kaufman
is one of the most experienced surgeons in the U.S. who uses nerve decompression surgery to treat PTH, migraine and occipital neuralgia.
Both also hold clinical teaching appointments: Dr. Kaufman is Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the David Geffen UCLA Medical Center, while Dr. Elkwood is Associate Professor for Surgery at Drexel University.
For more information on The Institute for Advanced Reconstruction
, call 866-266-2577 or visit: http://www.advancedreconstruction.com. (NOTE TO JOURNALISTS: To receive embargoed study abstracts or speak with Drs. Elkwood or Kaufman
, email dtartaglia(at)tartagliacommunications(dot)com.)