patient stories

The life-changing impact of a nerve injury is best described by those who’ve lived it. Learn from a collection of patients surgically repaired with Axogen products as they speak from real experience in their own words.

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David suffered a gunshot wound to his upper right leg when he and his wife unknowingly interrupted a home invasion. The gunshot severed David’s sciatic nerve, impacting his ability to walk and leaving him in...

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A boating accident left Brodee with serious cuts to both legs, including a major sciatic nerve injury that had doctors considering amputation. It was possible he’d never walk again. Avance Nerve Graft was Brodee’s best...

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As a cancer researcher, Katy never missed a mammogram and encouraged others to be screened regularly. She had lost her mother to breast cancer so was vigilant about watching for any warning signs. So when...

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After a stage 2 breast cancer diagnosis, Jessica under went a bilateral mastectomy and months of chemotherapy. As a nurse, she recognized that the nerves providing sensation to her breasts would be removed as part...

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Gwynne underwent a bilateral mastectomy after receiving a devastating breast cancer diagnosis. Initially faced with a numb chest, she was grateful to find a reconstruction option that offered the potential of returned sensation. Her breasts...

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Achilles suffered a serious injury to his lower leg during a motorcycle accident, which led to the development of a painful and debilitating neuroma in his tibial nerve. The neuroma was removed and the resulting...

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After receiving a breast cancer diagnosis, Jane underwent a bilateral mastectomy and breast reconstruction with implants. Challenges with the implant reconstruction, in addition to the loss of sensation to her chest, caused Jane to seek...

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patient tara avance axoguard


At the age of 28, Tara tested positive for the breast cancer susceptibility gene (BRCA). She chose to have a prophylactic double mastectomy and breast reconstruction with implants. About 10 years later, her left breast...

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patient madelyn avance axoguard


While a sophomore in high school, Madie suffered damage to her lingual nerve during a procedure to have her wisdom teeth removed. She lost sensation to the right side of her tongue, which made eating...

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patient shareda avance axoguard


Shareda suffered an ulnar nerve transection while three months pregnant. Her ulnar nerve was repaired using Avance Nerve Graft and Axoguard Nerve Protector. She is back to work as a typist and a busy mother...

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patient pablo axoguard


A benign tumor was found encompassing a large portion of Pablo’s chin, affecting the inferior alveolar nerve (IAN) on both the right and left sides of his face. Following tumor removal and jaw reconstruction, a...

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patient erica avance


At the age of six, Erica suffered a partial hand amputation in a traumatic accident. Physicians were able to save and replant her hand. Avance Nerve Graft was used to reconstruct her injured nerve tissue....

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patient tyler avance axoguard


Tyler suffered a transection of his superficial peroneal nerve following an ATV accident. His injured nerve was repaired using Avance Nerve Graft and Axoguard Nerve Protector. Tyler is back to riding his horse, roping and...

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Following his 49th marathon, David suffered from a compressed peroneal nerve, rendering it difficult to walk, much less run. His peroneal nerve was decompressed and wrapped using Axoguard Nerve Protector. David recently completed his 50th...

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patient veronica avance axoguard


A benign tumor was found on the right side of Veronica’s jaw and involved her inferior alveolar nerve (IAN). Following removal of the tumor and jaw reconstruction, her IAN was reconstructed with Avance Nerve Graft...

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patient john avance axoguard


John suffered lacerations to his median and ulnar nerves when he fell and his hand smashed through a glass door. His median nerve was repaired using Avance Nerve Graft and his ulnar nerve was repaired...

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patient dylan avance


Dylan suffered significant damage to the nerves in his brachial plexus during a motorcycle accident. Avance Nerve Graft was used to help repair the injured nerves. Today, Dylan helps his father run an electronics business,...

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patient matt axoguard


Matt suffered a partial median nerve transection during an ice hockey game when a skate blade sliced his wrist. Axoguard Nerve Protector was used during the repair of his median nerve. Matt is back to...

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patient jeffrey avance axoguard


Jeffrey suffered severe damage to his left ulnar nerve when struck by gunfire while serving in Afghanistan. His ulnar nerve was repaired using Avance Nerve Graft and Axoguard Nerve Protector. Jeffrey is now a medically...

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patient matthew avance axoguard


Matthew suffered a glass cut to the bottom of his foot, which resulted in the loss of nerve function from his heel through his first three toes. Avance Nerve Graft, as well as Axoguard Nerve...

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patient shirley avance


Following the removal of three painful neuromas in her leg, Shirley has experienced a substantial reduction in pain. The tissue removed from her nerve was replaced with Avance Nerve Graft. Shirley now lives an active...

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