Control Your Prosthetic Arm With Thought

Targeted Muscle Reinnervation: Control Your Prosthetic Arm With Thought

To say loss of an arm changes your life is an understatement. Tasks you once took for granted now pose a significant challenge. Prosthetic devices help, but they can be quite difficult to control, requiring unnatural movements of small chest muscles.

     RIC scientists have developed a surgical procedure to reassign nerves that once controlled the arm and hand you lost to your pectoral muscles. By reassigning these nerves, doctors can make it possible for people who have had upper-arm amputations to control their prosthetic devices by merely thinking about the action they want to perform. Onceexperimental, this innovative procedure is now available to the public.

People who undergo the targeted muscle reinnervation (TMR) surgery will be fitted with and trained to use a commercially available myoelectric prosthetic arm. No experimental bionic arms are available at this time.

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