Dr. Andrew Elkwood on Treatment Options at the Institute for Advanced Reconstruction

May 12, 2011 § Leave a comment

In addition to my work as a plastic and reconstructive surgeon at the Center for Treatment of Paralysis & Reconstructive Nerve Surgery at the Jersey Shore University Medical Center, I serve as the Medical Director at the Institute for Advanced Reconstruction in Shrewsbury, New Jersey. The Institute for Advanced Reconstruction offers patients a unique opportunity to restore appearance and function in ways they never thought possible. The experienced physicians at the Institute draw upon the latest technologies to treat patients with paralysis and nerve damage and provide more natural-looking methods of breast reconstruction. Here is a brief overview of some of the procedures we offer at the Institute for Advanced Reconstruction.

Facial paralysis treatment: In patients who experience facial paralysis because of palsy, stroke, or acoustic neuroma, the facial nerves located on either side of the face often interrupt nerve impulses traveling along them and disrupt facial muscle function. To correct the paralysis, surgeons at the Institute for Advanced Reconstruction relieve nerve pressure caused by inflammation and restore the nerve’s ability to transmit messages from the brain. In some cases, our surgeons can even transplant nerves from other parts of the body to replace damaged nerves.

Migraines: For many patients who suffer from debilitating migraines, traditional medical therapies have little to no effect. Recent studies have suggested that injections of Botox into the head and neck can reduce migraine symptoms by more than 50 percent. In addition to Botox treatment, surgeons at the Institute for Advanced Reconstruction can surgically release one or more “trigger points,” which cause inflammation and lead to migraines.

Arm and leg reconstruction: For patients who experience weakness in their limbs in the aftermath of an accident or other traumatic event, the surgeons at the Institute for Advanced Reconstruction possesses extensive experience in restoring arms and legs to their normal functions. In many cases, arm and leg weakness is an indicator of many different problems, including damage to bone, muscle, and nerve tissues. In nearly all such cases, patients can benefit from the advanced arm and leg reconstruction techniques available at the Institute for Advanced Reconstruction.

Hand reconstruction: Patients with hand-related disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome can significantly benefit from advanced reconstructive hand surgery. Additionally, the Institute for Advanced Reconstruction possesses considerable experience repairing hands that have undergone serious trauma.

About the author: Dr. Andrew Elkwood is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon with 15 years of experience. Dr. Elkwood possesses a Doctor of Medicine from Albany Medical College and a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University.

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