Written by TMRnerve.com Staff
You deserve to have as much information as possible to address pain associated with limb loss, either existing or anticipated due to a planned amputation. TMR Nerve delivers information about the option of Targeted Muscle Reinnervation (TMR) surgery to help alleviate nerve pain associated with amputation.
When a limb is amputated, the remaining nerves continue to grow, though they are disconnected from the amputated limb. Since they have nowhere to go, they can form into a painful neuroma. If you think about nerves as electrical wiring, TMR helps to complete the ‘circuit’ by reconnecting the ‘live wire.’ During a TMR procedure, surgeons reroute amputated nerves by attaching them to other nerves in nearby muscles.
We strive to provide resources for potential patients, their healthcare partners and their families. A good place to start is our Patient Resource page, but there is so much more information out there. The online landscape can be overwhelming and difficult to navigate.
The following is curated from resources posted by our friends at the Amputee Coalition* and other organizations.
Conducted from 2021-2022, the survey revealed three key findings and opportunities to address the unmet needs of people with limb loss and limb difference:
According to a press release announcing the survey, “Until recently, little was known about the more than 2.1 million PwLL/LD and their challenges accessing appropriate and quality care.” Survey respondents reported challenges accessing various health and support services including:
The full Largest Survey of People with Limb Loss and Limb Difference results can be downloaded for a deeper read.
This list is by no means comprehensive, but as with most research, it’s helpful to have a place to start. Sometimes it's helpful just to read about the experience of others who have experienced limb loss. Take a look at our patient stories and our blog for information to help you in your journey.
*It is not the intention of the Amputee Coalition to provide specific medical or legal advice but rather to provide consumers with information to better understand their health and healthcare issues. The Amputee Coalition does not endorse any specific treatment, technology, company, service or device. Consumers are urged to consult with their healthcare providers for specific medical advice or before making any purchasing decisions involving their care.
Written by TMRnerve.com Staff
Targeted Muscle Reinnervation (TMR) is a surgical treatment that is gaining acceptance for nerve pain associated with amputation.
TMR is not a treatment option for patients with spinal cord injuries, brachial plexus injuries, or who are generally not healthy enough for surgery. The procedure does present typical risks of surgery. Patients may experience a temporary increase in pain as part of the nerve healing process. Your physician will help you determine whether TMR is right for you.
Gregory Dumanian, MD, is medical director of TMRnerve.com. He is a paid consultant of Checkpoint Surgical, Inc.