26 Sep SCI Patient from the USA is Back on His Feet After Epidural Stimulation Surgery

Payton Smith from the USA, was involved in a tragic car accident that left him with a C4 Spinal Cord Injury. That unfortunate event resulted in quadriplegia, which made him entirely dependent on other people’s assistance in performing basic daily activities such as eating, dressing up, and getting in and out of bed.

Although an injury at a C4 High Cervical Nerve region (which is located just below the base of the neck) is considered to be the most severe among all of the Spinal Cord Injuries, Payton refuses to accept the doctor’s prognosis back home in the United States of never being able to walk again. In search of a treatment that could potentially relieve him of some of the symptoms the injury brought, Payton decided to come to Bangkok to undergo the Epidural Stimulation Surgery with Unique Access Medical.

The Epidural Stimulation Surgery, which involves the surgical implantation of a stimulating device that promotes locomotor-like activity, has proven beneficial as Payton has already started noticing improvements with his condition. Furthermore, following Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy, Payton saw great improvements in his core strength, arm muscles, ankle, and more, which has enabled him to sit up straight on a mattress for 12 minutes and stand up for as long as 5-7 minutes. Not only that, Payton is also able to take steps in a hoist by himself with little assistance. Moreover, due to higher strength in his quadricep muscles, he is able to straighten his legs out.

“Before now, I have never been able to hold myself up. I would fall forward. I didn’t have the core strength.”

Payton Smith continues to stay cheerful and optimistic throughout his treatment journey with Unique Access Medical. We wish him good luck and sincerely look forward to witness further progress.

For more information regarding the Epidural Stimulation procedure, please contact us and a patient representative will assist you at your earliest convenience.