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Nerve Transfers Specialist

Anthony Echo, MD -  - Plastic Surgeon

Anthony Echo, MD

Plastic Surgeon & Reconstructive Surgeon located in Houston, TX

A nerve injury may lead to a range of symptoms that affect your day-to-day life, including pain or numbness. Traditional treatment for nerve injury includes medical management of symptoms. With advances in surgical skills and techniques, Anthony Echo, MD, a fellowship-trained peripheral nerve surgeon, performs nerve transfers to repair damaged nerves and alleviate symptoms. To schedule a consultation to learn more about nerve transfers, call the office in Houston Methodist Hospital or the Willowbrook neighborhood of Houston, Texas, or book online today.

Nerve Transfers Q&A

What are nerve transfers?

Nerve transfers are a new surgical technique that transfers working nerves to non-working muscles. This is a very new surgical procedure that requires specialized training and skills.

Dr. Echo has specialized training from peripheral nerve surgeon Susan E. Mackinnon, MD, one of the pioneers in nerve transfer surgery. He’s one of only a few surgeons trained to perform nerve transfers. 

Regardless of your nerve injury, early treatment and repair by a skilled peripheral nerve surgeon like Dr. Echo may prevent long-term health complications such as chronic pain or paralysis. In addition to nerve transfers, Dr. Echo also performs direct nerve repairs and nerve grafting. 

Am I a good candidate for nerve transfers?

When you consult with Dr. Echo to discuss the nerve transfer procedure, he conducts a comprehensive clinical exam to determine if you’re a good candidate. 

He even offers telemedicine consultations so he can provide guidance for patients who can’t come to the office for an evaluation.

During the consultation, he reviews your symptoms and the underlying cause of your nerve damage. He also reviews any diagnostic tests, such as electromyography (EMG), MRIs, or CT scans to evaluate the extent of your nerve damage.

If needed, he may request additional diagnostic testing to get a more current view of your condition. 

You may be a good candidate for a nerve transfer if you have a severely damaged sensory or motor nerve that no longer effectively communicates with your spinal cord. 

Dr. Echo also offers nerve transfer consultations for patients who had a recent nerve repair somewhere else.

How are nerve transfers performed?

Dr. Echo reviews the details of the nerve transfer with you during your consultation. During the procedure, he rewires the body, transferring a working nerve to a muscle that's not working. 

Nerve transfers are an outpatient procedure so you go home the same day. Dr. Echo recommends physical therapy following your nerve transfer to “retrain” the body and brain to use the new nerve and the new route.

To learn more about nerve transfer and how it may be an option for you, call Anthony Echo, MD, or book an appointment online today.