Research

The Big Step Forward - Breakthrough Treatment For SCI

The Origin of Epidural Stimulation

In 2014 a fascinating study was published in “Brain-Journal of Neurology.” The study written by Claudia A. Angeli, V. Reggie Edgerton, Yury P. Gerasimenko and Susan J. Harkema demonstrates the ability of four individuals with chronic complete paralysis to execute voluntary tasks with selectivity of appropriate motor pools in the presence of Epidural Stimulation.

 

In three of four individuals, they observed the recovery of voluntary movement with epidural stimulation soon after implantation, two of whom had complete loss of both motor and sensory function. This shows that by neuromodulating the spinal circuitry at sub-threshold motor levels with epidural stimulation, chronically complete paralysed individuals can process conceptual, auditory, and visual input to regain specific voluntary control of paralysed muscles.

 

The team has uncovered a fundamentally new intervention strategy that can dramatically affect recovery of voluntary movement in individuals with complete paralysis even years after injury. An epidural spinal cord stimulation unit (Medtronics, RestoreAdvanced) and a 16-electrode array was implanted at vertebrae T11-T12 over spinal cord segments L1-S1 in four individuals with motor complete spinal cord injury.

 

Four individuals diagnosed with clinically motor complete paralysis and implanted with a epidural stimulator at least 2.2 years post injury were able to execute intentional movements of the legs in response to verbal command.

Clinical Research

The University of Louisville maintains a patient registry for individuals who are interested in participating in clinical research studies at the University.

 

We support the continued research as we have seen great improvements in the patients we have treated and are absolutely convinced that Epidural Stimulation is the future of spinal cord injury recovery.

 

The sooner it becomes available in all countries, the better. Until then, we will continue to offer it abroad. Please try to enter the research program at the University of Louisville.

 

https://victoryoverparalysis.org/participate-in-research

Foundations

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation has always been a fantastic partner and source of information for Spinal Cord Injury survivors.

 

They partner with University of Louisville and raise funds to enable another 36 patients to receive epidural stimulation.

 

Before considering a treatment abroad please contact the foundation and/or the university if you qualify for the study.

 

https://www.reevebigidea.org/

Disclaimer

We were not part of the original research nor are we related to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. We took the original published research, saw the medical potential for Spinal Cord Injury patients and bundled all available resources to make this surgery available today.

Position Statement

Medical Tourism allows patients to travel abroad to receive otherwise inaccessible treatments and surgeries. Medical Tourism enables patients to be pro-active and empowered.

 

Medical Tourism also means that patients must carefully vet and research the treatment options.

 

We have gone at great length to create a treatment that is safe, and effective. It is taking place in a JCI and DNV GL accredited tertiary care hospital to ensure the best possible care and emergency response.

 

A top neurosurgeon will be performing the surgery, using intraoperative testing, to ensure the perfect location and operation of the implant. We have employed the most experienced device mapping specialists to ensure the quickest possible learning curve for the patient which will lead to quick improvements.

 

There is a dedicated international customer service team in the ward to ensure a smooth treatment experience.

 

It is a matter of time until other clinics will try to emulate this successful treatment. Be aware that the Intellectual Property is immense and experience crucial. Only if all crucial parts in this “package” are exceptional will this treatment be a success.

Questions You Need to Ask Yourself

  • “Would I want to have anyone else but Thailand’s top neurosurgeon to handle my case?”

 

  • “Would I accept anything but a 5 star, JCI accredited tertiary care hospital to accommodate me?”

 

  • “Would I accept anyone else but the most experienced mapping specialist and therapists?”

 

  • “Would I accept any place, but the most experienced Epidural Stimulation treatment provider?”

 

This is the most important surgery and rehabilitation period of your life. There are no short cuts when it comes to your health and if you decide to take matters in your own hands and travel abroad to receive Epidural Stimulation then you must ask the above questions as well as any other you may have.