Center for Brachial Plexus and Traumatic Nerve Injury

Patient Success Stories

Patients of all ages and experiences seek out expertise. Our extensive knowledge, combined with the unique and comprehensive services available at HSS, provides patients with the highest quality of care, from diagnosis and treatment to rehabilitation and wellness.

After Two-Year Search, Cancer Survivor Finds Treatment to Restore Arm Movement

Dan Cioch"Dan Cioch, a 48-year-old home inspector, had finally put his neck cancer surgery, radiation and interferon treatments behind him. In the spring of 2011, he was back to work climbing ladders and holding flashlights - until he began to lose the function of his right arm..."


Shouldering Through: Nerve Repair Restores Arm and Shoulder Movement for Cancer Survivor

"Two years ago, during Anne's ovarian cancer surgery the surgeon biopsied some of the lymph nodes in her neck and, in doing so, accidently cut a spinal accessory nerve, which signals the trapezius muscle. Anne awoke from surgery with a slumped shoulder and the inability to lift her arm over her head..."


Getting the Nerve: Restoring Movement to a Young Man’s Arm

Chris Haralambous

"When Chris Haralambous arrived in the emergency room with a gunshot wound to his right bicep, he thought the bullet had broken his arm. But an X-ray showed that no bone was broken. In fact, the doctors who treated him said that the wound was superficial. "But I couldn’t move my finger or hold up my wrist," recalled Chris..."


His Last Hope: Muscling Through a Brachial Plexus Injury

Stephen Cook

“Stephen Cook makes his living doing rustic furnishings. His work routinely brings him into the woods of his 110-acre farm in the Southern Adirondacks.  Five years ago, on October 30, Mr. Cook was harvesting a tree on his farm when a dead branch fell, hitting him, and fracturing his skull, arm, neck, and back. “This tree was a monster,” says Mr. Cook. “When the top went down it wrested loose a dead limb and I never saw it or heard it.  It came straight down from about 80 feet up...”


Taking Home the Checkered Flag: Recovery from a Brachial Plexus Injury

Mark Patterson

“Grand-Am series race car driver Mark Patterson of Bronxville, New York, first came to Hospital for Special Surgery over 10 years ago, when he had his hip replaced by Thomas P. Sculco, MD, Surgeon-in-Chief. Then, in 2007, Mr. Patterson was struck by a car while riding his road bike, trying to stay in shape for racing. He almost severed a nerve in his neck and suffered damage to his brachial plexus, the network of nerves that conducts signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand...”


Flexing His Muscle

Richard Gazlay

“A devastating motorcycle accident 18 years ago left Richard Gazlay’s left arm completely paralyzed. A teenager at the time and about to start a modeling career, Richard instead began a 16-year odyssey in search of a medical miracle…”


Pioneering Nerve Surgery For Motorbike Crash Lawyer

“One of Bermuda's top lawyers is to undergo "cutting edge" surgery in the US to restore the use of his left arm after it was paralyzed in a bike accident…”


Vital Signs

Stephanie Lehman

“Stephanie Lehman loves to bike ride, play with her doll named Jennifer, and work on the computer at school. From all outward appearances, she is no different than any other eight-year-old girl. But under her long-sleeved sweatshirt are hidden scars that tell the real story…”

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