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Research Article  |   November 1985
Reconstructive Hand Surgery for Quadriplegic Persons
Author Affiliations
  • Juanita Ainsley, OTR, is Director of Occupational Therapy, and Christa Voorhees, OTR, and Elaine Drake, OTR, are Senior Supervisors in the Occupational Therapy Department; all at Craig Hospital, Denver, CO 80110
Article Information
Hand and Upper Extremity / Spinal Cord Injury / Features
Research Article   |   November 1985
Reconstructive Hand Surgery for Quadriplegic Persons
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, November 1985, Vol. 39, 715-721. doi:10.5014/ajot.39.11.715
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, November 1985, Vol. 39, 715-721. doi:10.5014/ajot.39.11.715
Abstract

Reconstructive hand surgery is one approach to restoring lost hand function in quadriplegic patients. This paper describes Craig Hospital’s experience with the two-stage procedure for achieving active grasp and pinch for C7 spinal cord–injured patients. It describes the hand clinic, patient selection and education, the surgery itself, and postsurgical occupational therapy. It also includes follow-up results on all patients treated since the program’s inception.