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Some Amputations Are Not Necessary

By Lance Rennka on Jul 08, 2011 at 09:43 AM in Health

The Problem:

Body limbs, which are still alive and circulating blood, are being amputated due to nerve dysfunction. If nerves are terminated due to an accident where the nerve conduit, sheath, cord, tube is severed or crushed resulting in damage to the: spinal cord in the neck or back, shoulder, arm, hand, hip, leg, foot, etc. and the result is dysfunction and atrophy of the non-useable limb or body part, the current medical procedure is to amputate the arm at the shoulder, amputate the arm at the elbow, amputate the hand, amputate the leg at the hip, amputate the leg at the knee or amputate the foot.


The Cost:

            Besides the personal ego and identity problems of being an amputee - a "cripple," there are the costs of: prosthesis, pain medication, wheel chairs, quality of life, adaptive driving and mobility devices, etc. Then there is the problem of productivity in the workplace, financial impact, sexual dysfunction, self-esteem and self-confidence.


The Solution:

The regeneration of nerves offers hope for paraplegics, triplegics and quadriplegics to gain back function over time by reversing dysfunction, degeneration and atrophy. Nerves are the fastest regenerative organ in the body. If the nerve tube ("conduit") is in tact, the time it takes a terminated nerve to degenerate back to the brain stem and regenerate back down to the big toe is approximately 24 months.

Next to circulation of blood, the second most important factor is insuring the nerve conduit is intact or repaired so nerve regeneration - which is going to occur - will allow the body healing and regeneration to occur. Current technologies repair: veins, arteries, cartilage, ligament, tendon, bones, and skin - why not nerve tubes? I suggest, after the arteries and veins, the next most important thing to repair is the nerve conduits so nerve regeneration can occur and function be restored, without amputation.


Key Words - Amputation, Amputee, Amputated, dysfunction, dysfunctional, nerve regeneration, nerve, nerves, regenerating, regenerative, degenerative, degeneration, atrophy


Nerve Regeneration Implications

The greatest implication of this information is, if a severed or crushed nerve conduit can be repaired or replaced with a prosthetic conduit or a cadaver nerve conduit, as long as the circulation to the tissues continues the body will regenerate the nerves back to their original locations and paraplegics would gain back feeling and mobility within two years (the time it takes for a nerve to degenerate to the brain stem and regenerate to the big toe), as current animal tests are confirming. In fact, the existing paraplegics might be able to be helped with this same procedure - terminate the nerves, repair the nerve conduit and involve the Brain in the imagination (picturing) of the healing process. Imagine . . . mobile within two years - what would that be worth?

NOTE: Christopher Reed was working on mentally directing the nerves to reconnect to the right locations without a conduit. It was working, he was able to get off a respirator and begin speaking again.

Current animal tests are proving nerve regeneration and recovery of function occurs. This will occur even better in humans due to their ability to visualize the end result and mentally manipulate the nerve connection and body function - Brain over Body.

I'm a left upper-arm amputee and I had a stump revision which involved, the skin graft being removed, ½ inch of bone being sawed off and the nerve conduit being cut at mid-stump (in effect a second amputation). It took between four and five months for the nerves to degenerate to the brain stem and regenerate to the end of the nerve tube. I have personal experience with nerve regeneration, nerve sensations, nerves exiting the nerve conduits, nerves attaching to the wrong muscles because the conduits were not complete to the intended muscles. I've had certain nerves exit the nerve tubes and attach to the skin at the end of the stump twice. I've had a hernia operation and the area was numb for some time. Approximately 12 months after the hernia repair, I began to experience weird sensations where the nerves exited the cut nerve conduits at the incision site and couldn't get to their original destination. When the area is bumped, stretched or stimulated, I'm still having strange feelings there.

Any questions about nerve regeneration, ask people who've had minor or major surgery about their experiences. Click Here for information about Phantom and Phantom Pain associated with Amputations.