Short Tilte:Current utilization of reconstructive upper limb surgery in tetraplegia
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):08, 22, 2, 169-173
Despite improved surgical techniques and postoperative management protocols for tetraplegic patients undergoing upper extremity functional reconstruction, recent studies have shown that these procedures are profoundly underutilized in the United States. The complex disabilities of tetraplegic patients limit their ability to independently obtain treatment information and travel to medical destinations to receive reconstructive procedures, thus making them a vulnerable patient population susceptible to physician influence regarding treatment decisions. Based on the results of previous research, we believe that increased collaboration among treating physician specialties will enhance patient access to surgical reconstruction.