Commonly Asked Questions and Answers

Epidural Stimulation involves the surgical implantation of an “Epidural Stimulation device” on the posterior structures of the lumbar spinal cord. A handheld remote controller controls the device, which applies an electrical current that connects compromised nerve signals originating in the brain to the Spinal Cord tissue below the patient’s injury level. This “bridge” effect allows for the possibility of patients regaining voluntary movements and restoring lost bodily functions.

A vast majority of the patients who received Epidural Stimulation with Verita Neuro (VN) have regained voluntary control of their muscle activity when the device is turned on. The improvements in voluntary control progress with VN’s extensive rehabilitation and locomotor training.
The surgery takes place in either our flagship facility in Bangkok, Thailand or in Guadalajara, Mexico, which is our latest, ultra-modern neurorehabilitation facility located within an international hospital. We also offer aftercare services, such as epidural stimulation mapping and neuro-rehab in Canada and Hungary The majority of worldwide Epidural Stimulation patients are treated in these two facilities.
Epidural Stimulation treatment works for patients with complete or incomplete Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI). We have treated both paraplegics and quadriplegics with a very high success rate — where the majority of the patients have regained a certain level of motor function in their upper and lower limbs.

In order to become an Epidural Stimulation patient through Verita Neuro (VN), we require a full series of MRI images, medical reports, treatment history, and the condition of the injury site. Written MRI reports may not be sufficient for our evaluation process; a prerequisite to Epidural Stimulation is having an in-depth knowledge of each patient’s case.
Family and friends who accompany Epidural Stimulation patients can stay at the hospital with the patient in a private hospital room with two beds. There are no extra costs, and family is always welcome, especially during such an inspiring, life-changing treatment.
The Epidural Stimulation treatment package covers 30-35 days and is inclusive of all treatment-related costs: Intensive Rehabilitation, Locomotor Training, and Device Mapping which is a process that programs your Epidural Stimulation device for maximum effectiveness. During your stay, you will receive over 100 sessions of supportive treatment, which is arguably the most comprehensive program in the world for Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) patients.

Also included is accommodation for both the patient and accompanying caregiver. During the first 14 days of recovery, patients receive 24/7 nursing care. All rooms and facilities are fully wheelchair accessible. Meals are also provided for patients three times per day with a nutritious menu of both local and international fare.
We will make sure that during the 14-day post-operative period, each patient will have access to 24/7 nursing care, including showering, dressing, wound care, and bowel care upon request.
Every Monday to Saturday we provide intensive training to speed up your recovery, which includes 4-5 hours of device mapping and physiotherapy per day. In the morning, doctors will meet you for regular checkups. In the evening, patients can enjoy private time or meet in the recreation area with other patients and their friends and family. Sundays are a rest day for our patients.
The surgery is not painful and it is minimally invasive. The Epidural Stimulation device’s electrodes will be implanted in your spine, and a battery called an Initial Pulse Generator will be placed near your hip subcutaneously. The procedure typically takes two to three hours. After surgical wounds heal, and if no spinal cord or superficial wound infections are reported, rehabilitation can begin within a few days.
There are no serious side effects associated with the procedure. It is a minimally-invasive surgery conducted by highly-experienced neuro/spine surgeons. Possible side effects such as infection around the incision site are extremely unusual and are easy to treat in a short time.
The electrode array is suited to stay on your spine permanently; the life expectancy of the battery pack is an estimated 9 years. Both can be safely removed or replaced whenever necessary.
  • Voluntary movement in lower limbs
  • Ability to stand
  • Ability to take assisted steps
  • Increased muscle mass and strength
  • Improved upper limb functions including finger and wrist movements, hand grip, bicep and tricep functions
  • Improved fine and gross motor skills
  • Improved bowel and bladder control
  • Stabilized blood pressure
  • Improved temperature regulation
  • Improved bodily sensation
  • Decreased neuropathic pain
The U.S. FDA has approved trials for Epidural Stimulation, however, as Verita Neuro (VN) already knows the treatment is safe and effective, we confidently offer it to patients commercially right now, with no delays, because we understand how crucial your time is in the recovery process. Unlike the U.S. FDA clinical trials, every international patient who is a suitable candidate can receive Epidural Stimulation today.
While Clinical Trials focus on the safety and efficacy of the procedure, Verita Neuro (VN)’s goal is to get SCI patients back on their feet as soon as possible. And since we work with the world’s most experienced Epidural Stimulation surgeons and physiotherapists, you can expect the best outcomes possible at this point in time from VN.
FDA approval for Epidural Stimulation may take years, possibly decades to be announced. Since both aging and decreased muscle mass are factors in who is suitable for Epidural Stimulation, we encourage patients to undergo the treatment as early as possible.