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Improved Myoelectric Prosthesis Control Using Targeted Reinnervation Surgery: A Case Series

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5 Author(s)
Miller, L.A. ; Rehabilitation Inst. of Chicago, Chicago ; Stubblefield, K.A. ; Lipschutz, R.D. ; Lock, B.A.
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Targeted reinnervation is a surgical technique developed to increase the number of myoelectric input sites available to control an upper-limb prosthesis. Because signals from the nerves related to specific movements are used to control those missing degrees-of-freedom, the control of a prosthesis using this procedure is more physiologically appropriate compared to conventional control. This procedure has successfully been performed on three people with a shoulder disarticulation level amputation and three people with a transhumeral level amputation. Performance on timed tests, including the box-and-blocks test and clothespin test, has increased two to six times. Options for new control strategies are discussed.

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Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:16 ,  Issue: 1 )