Preventing muscle loss after surgery

By Jay D. Lenn

OREF grant recipient seeks to understand role of matrix-degrading enzymes

Skeletal muscle atrophy, the consequence of depriving muscles of normal activity, has a profound impact on orthopaedic patients after injury, immobilization, and surgery. Recovery of muscle mass and function greatly extends the rehabilitation period, and some patients never fully recover the full use of their muscles.

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