Symptomatic neuromas and pain caused by nerve transection injuries can adversely impact a patient’s recovery, while also contributing to increased dependence on opioid and other pharmacotherapy. These sources of pain are magnified following amputation surgeries, inhibiting optimal prosthetic wear and function. Targeted muscle reinnervation (TMR) and regenerative peripheral nerve interfaces (RPNI) represent modern advances in addressing amputated peripheral nerves. These techniques offer solutions by essentially providing neuromuscular targets for transected peripheral nerves “to grow into and reinnervate.” Recent described benefits of these techniques include reports on pain reduction or ablation (eg, phantom limb pain, residual limb pain, and/or neuroma pain).1-6 We describe a technical adaptation combining TMR with a “pedicled vascularized RPNI (vRPNI).” The TMR with the vRPNI surgical technique described offers the advantage of having a distal target nerve and a target muscle possessing deinnervated motor end plates which may potentially enhance nerve regeneration and muscle reinnervation, while also decreasing amputated nerve-related pain.
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