Peripheral nerve stretch growth



In the United States, tens of thousands of peripheral nerve injuries occur each year, many resulting in the loss of bodily functions and even permanent disability. The gold standard of peripheral nerve repair traditionally relies on a surgical procedure that involves the removal and transplantation of an autograft, a separate, less important length of nerve from the patient.

In some patients the damaged nerve will regenerate, using the autograft as a guide, leading to restoration of lost bodily functions. However, some major peripheral nerve deficits that can typically be repaired are not due to the limited availability of nerves that the patient can spare (for example, an insufficient supply of donor nerves for the reconstruction of a major brachial plexus injury).

There are a number of disadvantages associated with this