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New amputation surgery could leave patients with less pain and more control

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A new type of surgery can help amputees control their remaining muscles and sense where their “phantom” limb is in space.This should mean better control of prosthetic limbs, as well as less pain for patients, according to a study of the new procedure.
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) said that most amputations sever the muscle pairs that control affected joints, such as elbows or ankles.But connecting those pairs again allows them to retain their normal ‘push-pull’ relationship, giving amputees better sensory feedback.The study included 15 amputees who received the new procedure – agonist-antagonist myoneural interface ( …

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