Abstract Information


The Role of Upper Extremity Surgery in Patients with Tetraplegia

Rhee P, Garlanger K, K R
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, , United states of america

Synopsis: Upper extremity reconstructive surgery in patients with spinal cord injuries (SCI) can markedly improve function and often restore independence. However, due to the limited number of centers that provide hand surgery to the tetraplegic population and the inadequate communication between surgeons and rehabilitative providers, a small fraction of appropriate candidates receive upper extremity surgery. After attending this instructional course lecture, participants will understand the role of hand surgery in SCI patients and how to facilitate access to surgical management.

Course Chair:
Peter Charles Rhee, DO
Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery
Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Mayo Clinic

Ronald Reeves, MD
Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Mayo Clinic

Kristin Garlanger, DO
Senior Associate Consultant
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Mayo Clinic

Funding Source: None

Draft Agenda:
0:00 to 0:15 Discussing the role of upper extremity surgery with your patient: Barriers, challenges, and benefits (Kristin Garlanger, DO)

0:15 to 0:30 Preparing the patient with tetraplegia for upper extremity surgery: Pre-operative evaluation and peri-operative considerations (Ronald Reeves, MD)

0:30 to 0:50 Methods to restore upper extremity function with reconstructive surgery: Tendon transfers, nerve transfers, and fusions. (Peter Rhee, DO)

0:50 to 1:00 Questions


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