An interdisciplinary team of UC Davis scientists and plastic and reconstructive surgeons is collaborating to help improve quality of life for patients with upper limb amputations. They are utilizing a novel amputation surgical procedure and smart prosthetics to help patients better control their residual muscles, receive sensory feedback and reduce limb pain.

The surgical procedure, known as Targeted Muscle Reinnervation, transfers residual nerves from an amputated limb into a new muscle, allowing patients to move their prosthetic arm by simply thinking what movements they wish to accomplish.

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