Freehand System

A surgically implanted prosthetic device that restores hand grasp in quadriplegic patients through a system of electrodes placed in the forearm and hand
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It was known as the Freehand System. A surgeon placed a sensor on Mumford's right shoulder, implanted a pacemaker-size device known as a stimulator just below the skin on his upper chest, and threaded wires into the muscles of his left arm.
The Freehand System (56) was the first FDA-approved ES neuroprosthetic system to restore hand grasp function to individuals with C5 and C6 tetraplegia.
The center also pioneered the Freehand System, an artificial nerve system that enables some people with tetraplegia to grasp objects.
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The Neurocontrol Freehand system consists of a chest stimulator and a series of electrodes wired under the skin to the fingers.
The NeuroControl Freehand System can allow patients to straighten their elbows, pinch with their fingers and grasp things with their hands.
AVX Corp.'s capacitors and filters are being used in a medical implant for quadriplegics called the Freehand System from NeuroControl Corp.
Award: $126,580 (two years) This is a pilot study to evaluate the benefits of early implantation of an upper-extremity neuroprosthesis (Freehand System) in people with traumatic tetraplegia.
At 17 she volunteered to receive a device called the NeuroControl Freehand System at the Shriners Hospitals for Children in Philadelphia.
One of the first breakthrough surgeries performed at Shriners included the Freehand System, which allows some people with tetraplegia to regain use of paralyzed hands.
In 1997, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Freehand system, and since then surgeons at some 30 medical centers have implanted the device in about 200 people worldwide.
The NeuroControl Freehand System technology (developed with help from NASA, Case Western Reserve University, and MetroHealth Medical Center) helps the brain control muscles below the point of injury.