Amputation of a limb is a surgical intervention used as a last resort to remove irreparably damaged, diseased, or congenitally malformed limbs. The procedure traumatically alters the body image, but often leaves sensations that refer to the missing body part. This is called the phantom limb. In 50-80% of cases, these sensations are painful.
Today it is not completely clear why the pain occurs, and there are no effective means to treat them.
The ultimate aim of the project TIME is to develop a novel Human Machine Interface (HMI) as an alternative treatment of phantom limb pain, based on direct, selective, electrical stimulation of the peripheral nerves. We will develop and use an implantable electrode placed inside the nerve and electrical stimulators placed outside the body.
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