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Sauerbruch's operation

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An operation on the upper arm after amputation for using the remaining muscle power to move the fingers. This had first been attempted by Italian surgeons around 1900. The procedure was used widely in Germany during and after World War II by below elbow amputees to control their prostheses. After WWII it became a popular procedure in America. The operation was first performed by Sauerbruch in Z├╝rich in 1915.

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