Neurorrhaphy, nerve grafting, and neurotization: a functional comparison of nerve reconstruction techniques.


Journal Article

This study examines the efficacy of three methods of peripheral nerve reconstruction: neurorrhaphy, nerve grafting, and neurotization. The extensor digitorum longus (EDL) neuromuscular unit of 63 New Zealand rabbits was used as the experimental model. Neuromuscular function was examined after 2, 4, and 6-month recovery periods. Variable recovery was seen after 2 months of recovery. At 6 months postoperatively, nerve grafting and neurorrhaphy were not statistically different from the unoperated control neuromuscular units. Neurotization grafting demonstrated a recovery of function of no greater than 50% at 6 months.

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Cited Authors

  • McNamara, MJ; Garrett, WE; Seaber, AV; Goldner, JL

Published Date

  • May 1987

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 12 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 354 - 360

PubMed ID

  • 3584880

Pubmed Central ID

  • 3584880

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1531-6564

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0363-5023

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/s0363-5023(87)80003-5


  • eng