Cervical level spinal cord injury can significantly affect hand function. Depending on the level and type of injury, surgery to improve hand and arm function may be an option. Surgical treatment may include nerve transfers or other procedures.
This surgery can only benefit patients with specific types of spinal cord injury. To be eligible, a patient must have quadriplegia with a motor level C6 or C7 spinal cord injury. Because the procedure relies on working nerves above the C6 and C7 level, it will not benefit patients with C1 through C5 level injuries. The goal of the procedure is to restore the ability to pinch the thumb and index finger.
If you think you are a candidate for nerve transfer for a motor level C6 or C7 spinal cord injury, please begin by contacting your personal physician.
Below are links to the documents with more information about this surgery. Please review this information carefully with your primary care or rehabilitation physician to see if he or she thinks you may be a candidate.
If your primary care or rehabilitation physician thinks a referral is appropriate, he or she should send the information specified in the patient letter below.