Nerve damage research moves forward

Timely examination, diagnosis of damaged nerves essential to improving outcomes

September 25, 2023
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UCI Health orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Ranjan Gupta. 
Credit: Arjun Gupta.

IN THE NEWS: The need for timely and accurate diagnosis of nerve injury, especially after trauma, is leading to a wave of new research in the field.

healio logo with green letters and blue star inside green and blue circleDr. Ranjan Gupta, chief of shoulder surgery at UCI Health, spoke to Healio News about the impact such injuries have on patients' lives.

“Whenever a patient has trauma, like a motor vehicle accident, a nerve injury is one of the things that we are most concerned with. These injuries can be as severe as having an arm or leg that is completely insensate, meaning you cannot feel the entire extremity, or you cannot move that extremity. The number of traumatic nerve injuries is not decreasing. It is, without a doubt, remaining a constant variable in treating patients based upon how active their lives are.”

Gupta is an orthopedic surgeon with UCI Health Orthopaedic Surgery Services, specializing in shoulder, elbow, hand and nerve injuries.

His practice primarily focuses on shoulder and complex reconstructive surgery. Gupta is a professor of orthopedics, anatomy and neurobiology at the UCI School of Medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, the Orthopaedic Research Society, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, the Society for Neuroscience and Orthopaedics Overseas.

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