A unique treatment

THE BIG STEP FORWARD - BREAKTHROUGH TREATMENT FOR SCI
What is Epidural Stimulation ?

The most advanced and innovative spinal cord injury treatment programme available

Unique Access Medical now offers an innovative treatment that combines an epidural stimulation device, mesenchymal stem cells treatment and rehab, all in one unique treatment. Key to this treatment programme is the epidural stimulation device which is responsible for sending electrical currents to the lower part of the spinal cord.

The epidural stimulation, combined with extensive physiotherapy, mapping and programming to train the body how to control movement using the device, and powerful and effective stem cell therapy, guarantee the best possible treatment outcome.

Made world-famous in 2014 by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, the treatment involves implanting an epidural spinal cord stimulator in a relatively straightforward surgical procedure.

The device, which is proven safe, locally activates nerve circuits in the spinal cord by imitating brain nerve signals.

THE EPIDURAL STIMULATION DEVICE

The Epidural Stimulation device is a highly advanced, breakthrough device that plays an essential part in making Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) patients recover voluntary movements through an electrical stimulation process.

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Our protocol combines device implantation with extensive physiotherapy, mapping and programming to train the body how to control movement using the device, and powerful and effective stem cell therapy.

The combined experience in helping patients achieve the best possible results is as unique as the treatment programme itself.

REHABILITATION

Unique Access Medical offers the most comprehensive SCI treatment programme in the world by combining the epidural stimulation device, stem cell regenerative therapy, and functional rehabilitation.

The rehabilitation programme is central to the treatment and lasts 40 days, takes place at a world-class hospital, and has the following goals:

  1. Mapping the device and training the brain and muscles to coordinate to achieve voluntary control.
  2. Give the best possible platform for the stem cell therapy to regenerate damaged tissue and nerve cells, and improve bodily functions impaired by the injury.
  3. Give patients the physical and functional platform to regain strength, mobility and control.

MAPPING AND PROGRAMMING

MAPPING IS AN ESSENTIAL PART OF THE PROCEDURE. THROUGH A REPEATED SERIES OF EXERCISES, THE DEVICE IS CALIBRATED TO THE PATIENTS’ EXACT CONDITION AND RESPONSIVENESS.

The epidural stimulation device is used to reconnect the brain and spinal cord.

The implanted device needs extensive calibration to discover the unique pattern of the patient’s physiological injury and then go on to help the patients gain control of their movements.

This process, known as mapping, involves several elements:

  • To find out which connections to the spinal cord produce some stimulation.
  • To find myotomes of each muscle and try to find the best frequency that the patient responds to.
  • To allow patient to practice controlling voluntary movement themselves.

STEM CELLS

HOW STEM CELL THERAPY CAN HELP TREATMENT OF SCI

This effective combination of the most advanced medical technologies, with systematic physical and occupational therapies and high quality stem cells, has helped previously treated patients achieve significant advances with their paralysis.

Cellular Therapy

Mechanical trauma to the spinal cord often results in irreversible damage. When axons in the central nervous system are injured, they show a very poor regenerative response and complete or partial paralysis has been the ultimate fate.

 

Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have emerged as the leading stem cell type due to their proven safety, ability to regulate the immune system’s reaction towards the injury, and to differentiate in different cell types including neurons and astrocytes. They have been used in the clinical treatment of SCI patients since 2005.

 

Cell therapy can assist in regrowth of brain cells and improved neurological function by stimulating and repairing nerve tissue. The mesenchymal stem cells migrate and implement regeneration as well as activate the surrounding cells to catalyse rapid healing via angiogenesis, neurogenesis, and synapto-genesis to improve brain function. It can also repair the myelin sheath to promote nerve integrality and achieve normal conduction activity.

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IMPROVEMENTS

Improvements seen in patients after implantation:

  • Provided the stimulator is activated, hips, legs, knees, ankles and toes can be moved voluntarily
  • Provided the stimulator is activated, ability to carry own weight with no support
  • Muscle mass growth
  • Blood pressure stabilised
  • Fatigue is lessened
  • Over a period of time, stimulation levels are reduced
  • Bowel, bladder and reproductive organs functions are improved
  • Body temperature regulation is improved

LOCATION

The treatment takes place in Bangkok, Thailand at one of the leading hospitals in Asia, providing world-class medical treatment, rehabilitation and nursing care.