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Title: The contributions of plastic surgery to care of the spinal cord injured patient.
Austin Authors: Buntine, J A;Johnstone, B R
Affiliation: Austin Hospital, Heidelberg, Victoria.
Issue Date: 1-Apr-1988
Publication information: Paraplegia; 26(2): 87-93
Abstract: Plastic surgeons have contributed to the understanding of pressure sore pathophysiology and prophylaxis. Increasingly sophisticated surgical techniques such as myocutaneous or innervated flaps add to the reliability and durability of repairs. The majority of quadriplegics may benefit from surgical restoration of active elbow extension, lateral pinch and grasp. Prolonged postoperative care in bed or immobilisation of the upper limb demands that patients should understand fully all that the reconstructive procedure involves. The nature and importance of subsequent rehabilitation must be appreciated by the patient so that he will be motivated to achieve the best possible result. Functional electrical stimulation may find an increasing role in the years to come.
Gov't Doc #: 3045731
DOI: 10.1038/sc.1988.17
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Arm.physiopathology
Pressure Ulcer.etiology.prevention & control.therapy
Spinal Cord
Surgery, Plastic
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