Targeted Muscle Reinnervation Overview
As an innovative procedure, targeted muscle reinnervation (TMR) works to reassign nerves in the extremities that have been injured or damaged by surgery or trauma. This is especially beneficial for individuals with amputations to allow them better control over their prosthetic devices and alleviate Phantom Limb Syndrome. In a TMR procedure, the nerves are relocated to targeted muscles that no longer perform their initial function due to an amputation of the limb. The nerves then grow into these targeted muscles, allowing the muscles to control signals from the nerves for better stability and control. At Sports Hernia Texas, board-certified surgeon Dr. Anthony Echo performs targeted muscle reinnervation for amputee patients in order to allow them better fitting and functioning prosthetics, as well as reducing their post-operative pain. If you believe you may be a candidate for TMR, we encourage you to contact our Houston, TX facility to schedule a consultation today.
Best Candidates for Targeted Muscle Reinnervation
Candidates for targeted muscle reinnervation are those who desire to have better control over their prosthetic device or are experiencing chronic nerve pain in the residual limb.
Prior to recommending the procedure, Dr. Echo will conduct a thorough examination and may utilize advanced diagnostic testing through an x-ray, ultrasound, MRI, or a CT scan to ensure you are a good candidate.
A targeted muscle reinnervation procedure is performed in order to aid in a patient’s control of a myoelectric prosthetic device, as well as treat nerve pain. Performed under a general anesthetic, TMR surgery has minimal downtime and is performed as an outpatient procedure.
What to Expect with Targeted Muscle Reinnervation
After your TMR procedure, a member of our team will provide you with accurate aftercare instructions to ensure you heal properly. You may also need to attend follow-up appointments so that Dr. Echo and his team can assess your recovery process. Additionally, you will also need to undergo rehabilitation in order to enhance your muscle endurance and strength. Throughout your recovery, we encourage you to contact our facility if you have any questions or concerns at all.
Enhanced Muscle Function
For patients who have undergone an amputation, a TMR procedure can help them receive a much more functional myoelectric prosthesis, as well as reduce or potentially eliminate Phantom Limb Syndrome of the residual limb. At Sports Hernia Texas, Dr. Anthony Echo offers this innovative surgery to benefit his patients. Contact our Houston facility to learn more about targeted muscle reinnervation, and schedule a consultation with Dr. Echo and his team.