Juanita Ainsley, Christa Voorhees, Elaine Drake; Reconstructive Hand Surgery for Quadriplegic Persons. Am J Occup Ther 1985;39(11):715-721. doi: 10.5014/ajot.39.11.715.
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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.
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