2020 Online Salon
Lower nerve transfer: coaptation of the nerve to the vastus lateralis to the nerve to the lateral head of the gastrocnemius
- Entrant Name: Margot Riggi
- Membership Type: Student Submission
- Address: Toronto, Ontario Canada
- Client: Faculty advisor: Michael Corrin; Content advisor: Jana Dengler
- Copyright: 2020 Margot Riggi
- Medium/software used: Pen and ink, Illustrator
- Final presentation format: Print, 8.5’x11′ page in a surgical atlas
- Primary Audience: Neurosurgeons, neurosurgeon interns
This page is an excerpt from a larger illustrated sequence describing lower nerve transfers from the femoral branches innervating the vastus muscles to the tibial branches innervating the heads of the gastrocnemius. This is a relatively novel procedure, which many surgeons are still unfamiliar with. In particular, mentally visualizing the paths of reconstructed nerves inside the leg and thigh can be challenging.
The goal of this sequential illustration was to create a clear and concise visual narrative that accurately describes the temporal, anatomical and procedural aspects of the surgery, based on the observation of the live surgical procedure at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto. It was created for black and white print in a surgical atlas.