OrthoCarolina Hand Surgeons Discover Children, Adults Born without Hand  Have Brain Functionality to Control Advanced Prosthetics

OrthoCarolina Hand Surgeons Discover Children, Adults Born without Hand Have Brain Functionality to Control Advanced Prosthetics

Three Charlotte hand surgeons have discovered that people of any age born without a hand already have the functionality needed to control a prosthetic device using only their mind.

Targeted Muscle Reinnervation: The Starfish Procedure

Upper Extremity Surgical Amputation Procedure.

Presented by Dr. Bryan Loeffler and Dr. Glenn Gaston of the OrthoCarolina Reconstructive Center for Lost Limbs

Jason Nydick Florida Orthopaedic Institute & Kunj Desai Hand Center of San Antonio

RCLL Visiting Professor Program

The OrthoCarolina RCLL Visiting Professor Program is designed to allow surgeons an unprecedented opportunity to advance their learning and understanding of advancements in the care of upper extremity amputees.

Upper Extremity Surgical Amputation Procedures: Targeted Muscle Reinervation and Starfish

Please note, this video includes some graphic scenes associated with the teaching process of orthopedic surgery. Thank you.

Journal of Hand Surgery

Current Concepts in Upper-Extremity Amputation

Targeted muscle reinnervation is an evolving technique that improves control of myoelectric prostheses and can prevent or treat symptomatic neuromas.

A Breakthrough in Medical Care: The Starfish Procedure

What is possible if two dedicated doctors come together with an idea to help people who have lost fingers use “their fingers” again? For Eddie Chapman, it means he can tie his shoes. See the full story from WTVI/PBS.

Loeffler OrthoCarolina

This woman survived a shark attack: ‘He had my whole arm in his mouth’

Just 10 months ago, Tiffany Johnson and her husband were snorkeling in the Bahamas when a shark attack changed her life forever: “He had my whole arm in his mouth.” NBC’s Kerry Sanders joins Megyn Kelly TODAY to tell her tale of survival.

Starfish Procedure Gaston Loeffler

Introducing the Starfish Procedure

Novel muscle transfer technique enables patients to have improved control of a myoelectric prosthesis

Mind-controlled prosthetics: the next wave of 'smart arms'

Mind-controlled prosthetics: the next wave of 'smart arms'

A bionic limb is giving hope, and control, back to shark attack victim Tiffany Johnson. .

Hand amputee

Learn more about our Reconstructive Center for Lost Limbs

Individuals who have amputations address a variety of daily challenges that can significantly affect their lives, including general health and wellness, mobility, independence and more.

Game Changers

Game Changers

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Artificial hand Video

‘First in the world’ artificial hand allows individual fingers to move

A North Carolina man who lost three fingers in an industrial accident more than a year ago can now move individual fingers on his prosthetic hand thanks to an innovative surgery by two OrthoCarolina hand surgeons.

OrthoCarolina Doctors Pioneer New Amputee Surgical Technique

OrthoCarolina Doctors Pioneer New Amputee Surgical Technique

OrthoCarolina hand surgeons Glenn Gaston, M.D., and Bryan Loeffler, M.D., pioneer a targeted muscle reinnervation surgical procedure to help amputee patients like shark attack victim Tiffany Johnson.

Video: Shark Attack Victim Gets New Arm

Doctors Miraculously Give A Shark Attack Victim A New Arm

In this web extra, meet the doctors who are giving her a prosthetic arm so she can return to life and her routines.

Dr. Glenn Gaston and Dr. Bryan Loeffler

Gaston and Loeffler honored by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) for their research

Dr. Glenn Gaston and Dr. Bryan Loeffler were recently honored by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) for their research on advancements in upper extremity amputee care at the 2017 AAOS Meeting in San Diego, CA.

Dr. Gaston and Dr. Loeffler talk about saving the life of a local shark bite victim.

Doctors Save Shark Bite Victim

Good Day Charlotte's Jason Harper and Page Fehling talk with Dr. Gaston and Dr. Loeffler about saving the life of a local shark bite victim.

North Carolina Mom of 3 Who Fought Off Shark While on Vacation Speaks Out: ‘I Remember Pulling My Arm Out of His Mouth’

North Carolina Mom of 3 Who Fought Off Shark While on Vacation Speaks Out: ‘I Remember Pulling My Arm Out of His Mouth’

Tiffany Johnson remembers every second of the shark attack that took most of her right arm.

Targeted Muscle Reinnervation Patient (Video 2)

Targeted muscle re-innervation (TMR) is a surgical procedure which involves transferring amputated nerves to activate the remaining muscles in the limb.

Targeted Muscle Reinnervation Patient

Targeted muscle re-innervation (TMR) is a surgical procedure which involves transferring amputated nerves to activate the remaining muscles in the limb. This has been shown to be an effective way to cure or prevent neuroma pain (sometimes called "phantom" pain). The surgery also allows enhanced control of myoelectric (sometimes called "bionic") prostheses to perform new functions since there are more muscle signals available in the residual limb. For upper extremity amputees, this can mean far greater control of the elbow, wrist, and hand when using a myoelectric prosthesis.

Video about Shark Attack Victim and how OrthoCarolina helps her

Adjusting To Life After Shark Attack

Friday will mark three weeks since Tiffany Johnson lost her arm in a terrifying shark attack in the Bahamas.

Tiffany Johnson, Dr. Bryan Loeffler and WBT 1110am discussing her positive future

Tiffany Johnson, Dr. Bryan Loeffler and WBT 1110am discussing her positive future

Dr. Bryan Loeffler from OrthoCarolina discussing the revolutionary outcome and amazing future for Tiffany Johnson via her targeted muscle reinnervation surgery.

Meeting with Surgical Team at OrthoCarolina

Mom bitten by shark getting high-tech prosthetic arm

"There's a new surgery, and it's call targeted muscle reinnervation," said Dr. Glenn Gaston of OrthoCarolina.

Patient who got help for his TMR

What is Targeted Muscle Re-innervation (TMR)?

Targeted muscle re-innervation (TMR) is a surgical procedure which involves transferring amputated nerves to activate the remaining muscles in the limb.

Gaston and Loeffler

Research and Presentations

Ongoing research for Targeted Muscle Reinnervation and Muscle Transfer for Independent Digit Control