The effects of postoperative continuous passive motion on peripheral nerve repair and regeneration: An experimental investigation in rabbits

H. K W Kim, R. G. Kerr, C. B. Turley, P. J. Evans, V. Jay, R. B. Salter

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Abstract

The effects of continuous passive motion (CPM) on nerve regeneration following nerve repair were investigated. In 26 rabbits, the medial popliteal nerve was transected and microsurgically repaired. Half of the animals were treated with cast immobilization and the rest with 70° arc CPM. Both treatments were discontinued on day 14. After sacrifice on day 100, no animal showed separation at the suture line. Mean nerve conduction velocity was slightly slower in the CPM than in the immobilization group. Mean fibre density was also slightly less in the CPM group but the difference was not significant. Mean fibre diameters, fibre diameter distributions, and soleus-muscle wet weights were similar in the two groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)594-597
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Hand Surgery: European Volume
Volume23
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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