Epidural Stimulation continues to improve the lives of spinal-cord injury (SCI) patients the world over. It is a life-changing procedure involving the application of a continuous electrical current to the lower part of the patient’s damaged spinal cord.
The current comes from a surgically-implanted device that is powered by a hand-held controller, and it allows paraplegics and quadriplegics to regain voluntary movement in their extremities.
In addition to the voluntary movement of limbs that was thought to be lost forever, Epidural Stimulation provides an array of other life-affirming improvements. These include better body temperature regulation, improved bowel function, and regained sexual function.
One can imagine how these improvements could make a positive impact on not just the lives of SCI patients, but those of their families and loved ones, too.
Unique Access Medical (UAM) is a leading facilitator of the Epidural Stimulation procedure. We have successfully facilitated treatments for over 75 international SCI sufferers, with their patient testimonials describing the following benefits:
- Less time spent in the restroom
- Greater confidence getting around in public
- Increased control of arm and leg movements
- Improved sense of purpose and overall self esteem
- More fulfilling sexual experiences with their partners
- Fewer “demoralizing” situations requiring help with daily tasks
Some of UAM’s Epidural Stimulation Success Stories
On the 5th of August, 2018, a 35-year old Malaysian SCI patient reached out to Unique Access for help. He had suffered a traumatic spinal cord injury in a car accident earlier that year, and he wanted to learn more about Epidural Stimulation and our supportive therapies.
The patient’s MRI scan showed a T7 fracture-dislocation with subsequent myelomalacia. He had minimal motor or sensory function below the level of his injury, and had lost most control of his bladder and bowel, something called neurogenic bladder (or bowel).
That same month, a 22-year-old American male also sought UAM’s assistance for his condition. He arrived in our Bangkok facility on the 31st of August, 2018, having sustained a C7 fracture-dislocation, also with myelomalacia and with minimal motor or sensory function and neurogenic bladder/bowel.
The two patients were both taken through the implantation of the Epidural Stimulation device on the 6th of August, 2018, and the 2nd of September, 2018, respectively. This was after a spinal Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan and comprehensive blood work.
After the Epidural Stimulation, the patients received roughy 30 physical therapy sessions and between 90 and 100 “device mapping” sessions — a process whereby UAM’s spine rehab specialists adjust the patient’s stimulator device to optimize the electrical pulses to stimulate specific regions of their body.
Within a period of six months, both patients experienced significant improvements, including:
- The ability to stand with the support of a parallel bar
- Improved gross motor skills, including ankle, hip, and knee flexion
- Improved knee extension (kicking out) when their electrical device was active
- Noticeable changes in bladder and bowel function
Epidural Stimulation results
With so many of Unique Access Medical’s SCI patients getting back on their feet and regaining the ability to do “the little things” that they could do before, Epidural Stimulation is definitely emerging as the next generation of effective SCI treatment.
Doors are now open to a world of unimaginable possibilities for a better quality of life for spine patients, and UAM is committed to providing Epidural Stimulation to patients worldwide.
For more information on how Epidural Stimulation can help you or a loved one, please contact us and a Patient Representative will get back to you shortly.