Unlike other tissues in the body that can repair or rejoin themselves, injured peripheral nerves must regrow from the site of injury back to the endpoint. This regrowth is slow, approximately 1mm per day, and often incomplete, leaving the individual with long-term deficits such as a loss of motion or sensation and chronic pain.
Current treatment techniques for nerve injury are focused on the quality of the repair or providing a structure for the regenerating axons to grow through. However, patient outcomes continue to remain constrained by the biological processes governing nerve regeneration.
Checkpoint Surgical is actively researching the use of a therapeutic dose of brief electrical stimulation (BES) to improve nerve healing. BES represents a paradigm shift in the treatment of peripheral nerve injury, stimulating the body’s natural healing process to accelerate the initiation of nerve regrowth, and thus improve functional recovery compared to surgical repair alone.
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