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These procedures do not result in a complete cure that is the hemiplegic limb that has been repaired doesn't look identical to the way it looked before surgery or to the other limb, but it does usually become much more functional. Functional tasks such as grabbing an object, feeding yourself, using a catheter, manipulating an iPhone. These sorts of things can often be accomplished, but different strategies are often required to accomplish those tasks than were required by the patient prior to the stroke.

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Justin Brown, MD


  • Board Certified Neurosurgeon
  • Director, Neurosurgery Paralysis Center and Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at Mass General Hospital
  • Focuses on restoring movement following trauma and paralyzing injuries to the peripheral nerves, spinal cord and brain

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