First Known Nerve Graft to Restore Function from Spinal Cord Paralysis to Take Place on May 7th

New Jersey Medical Team to Perform Highly Advanced Procedure to Help Restore Function of 47-Year Old Quadriplegic’s Hand and Elbow

LONG BRANCH, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Plastic Surgery Center:


      First known time a nerve graft will be performed on a patient with paralysis from a spinal cord injury. A New Jersey medical team led by Dr. Andrew Elkwood will transfer nerves from the patient’s leg to his arm in an effort to help restore function of his paralyzed hand and elbow.


Friday, May 7th, 2010 at 7:30 AM



Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch, New Jersey




For an interview or to attend procedure, contact Melissa Jaffin or Sarah Hrusovsky of Berns Communications Group at 212-994-4660 or [email protected].



Following the procedure’s success in restoring function from paralysis caused by accidents and strokes, this is the next step in the evolution of the nerve graft procedure. The surgery will be performed on Thomas Spiegler, 47, from High Falls, NY, who was paralyzed during a work-related accident in March 2006.


Dr. Andrew Elkwood is a pioneer in nerve grafting procedures, where he transfers nerves from one part of a patient’s body to another to treat life-altering injuries. Dr. Elkwood practices at the Plastic Surgery Center in Shrewsbury, New Jersey, and serves as the Chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, New Jersey. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery in both General Surgery and Plastic Surgery; and a Fellow of the American College of Surgery (FACS) and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.,,


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Melissa Jaffin / Sarah Hrusovsky
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