Neuro-Orthopaedics Program

If you suffer from movement disorder, Cooper may be able to help you walk better, move better, and live better. At the Cooper Bone and Joint Institute, David A. Fuller, MD, is advancing the field of reconstructive Neuro-Orthopaedics using breakthrough surgical procedures to help patients who have lost extremity function after suffering from debilitating injury or atrophy to the neurological system. 

Neuro-Orthopaedic specialists treat patients of all ages afflicted by a variety of musculoskeletal dysfunctions over a wide range of anatomic locations. Most patients suffer from chronic cerebrospastic disorders brought on by stroke, traumatic brain or spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, or cerebral palsy. Patients can suffer from disorders such as claw foot or hand, flexed elbow deformity, hip and knee contractures, and scissoring or stiff knee gait.

Reconstructive Surgical Treatment Options

You may be a candidate for reconstructive Neuro-Orthopaedic surgery if you have exhausted nonsurgical options such as:

  • Physical and occupational therapy
  • Splints
  • Botox injections
  • Medications

Reconstructive surgical treatment options can include:

  • Removing the heterotopic bone
  • Releasing muscle contractures
  • Lengthening overactive muscles
  • Transferring muscles to regain lost motion

Depending on your age, cognitive status, and underlying condition, these treatments can restore limb function, movement, or positioning. Patients usually experience a one to two day hospital stay following surgery. On rare occasions, these surgical treatments can be completed on an outpatient basis.

Diseases and Disorders Treated with Reconstructive Neuro-Orthopaedic Surgery

  • Complications related to stroke
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease
  • Claw foot
  • Claw hand
  • Clenched-fist and thumb-in-palm deformity
  • Flexed elbow deformity
  • Hip and knee contractures
  • Scissoring gait
  • Stiff knee gait
  • Stiff shoulder
  • Walking problems due to abnormal postures of the foot

To Schedule an Appointment

The Neuro-Orthopaedic Clinic operates at the Cooper Bone and Joint Institute office located at the Sheridan Pavilion at Three Cooper Plaza, Suite 104, in Camden. Our specialist sees patients the fourth Monday of every month between 9 a.m. and noon.

To make an appointment with our Neuro-Orthopaedic specialist, please contact our Orthopaedic Concierge at 856.968.7262. Joanne Gatewood will will be happy to speak with you at length to determine if you will benefit from a reconstructive surgical procedure.