Stem Cell For Spinal Cord Injury

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Stem Cell Treatment for Spinal Cord Injury


When injury occurs to the spinal cord, the connections between the brain and the body are hampered or broken, which results in some level of impairment and a certain degree of paralysis. Symptoms may include movement disability, loss of sensation, impaired control of urination and defecation, cramps, pain and depression.

Conventional treatments for spinal cord injury are focused on prevention of secondary damage and providing rehabilitation.

Background information on this condition…

How Stem Cells Can Help Spinal Cord Injury?

With the advancement of stem cell treatments in China now you have a novel treatment option for Spinal Cord Injury. Stem cell therapy can support the natural regeneration processes of the body by stimulating the repair of damaged tissues. It goes beyond symptomatic treatment and may potentially help you to improve or regain some of the impaired functions.

Cell death occurs when cells are injured. However, these dead cells are surrounded by damaged and healthy cells. Stem cells have the potential to stimulate the healing of these injured cells by the secretion of cytokines, such as nerve growth factor to promote the body’s self-repair mechanisms.

Our Spinal Cord Injury Treatment Program

Stem cells are injected by an innovative procedure known as a CT-guided intraspinal injection technique and this is supplemented by further stem cell transplantation via lumbar punctures or IV injections.

We are proud to be the pioneers of the CT-guided intraspinal stem cell transplantation surgical procedure, which is a landmark in the field of stem cell therapy for Spinal Cord Injury. To date, CT-guided intraspinal stem cell transplantation is only available at our hospital in China. CT guidance enables the neurosurgeon to target the stem cells precisely, administering the stem cells inside healthy spinal cord tissue adjacent to the lesion. This technique avoids open surgery of the spine. Thus pain, risks, and healing time are all minimized.

 

Our doctors understand that a variety of factors may influence decisions regarding your treatment. Our team is dedicated to patient education and collaboration so that you are clearly aware of your condition and treatment options. The hospital offers a wide range of treatments and related services. Therefore we advise you to consult with one of our specialists for personalized treatment information before you arrive to China.

We also encourage you to carefully study our CT Guided Transplantation Method and our stem cell treatment schedule.

Objectives

The objective of the treatment is to repair the injured cell area around the lesion. This will lead to improved symptoms mainly in physique and movements. The majority of patients show improvements right after the first or second transplant. They are going to continue improving for about 6 months to 1 year, when the final results settle. For Spinal Cord Injury patients the achieved results are permanent.

Benefits

Typical Benefits of Stem cell transplantations for Spinal Cord Injury have been observed to be the following:
■Decreased feelings of pain and cramps
■Decreased muscle tension
■Increased ability to control urination, softening of stool and improved sphincter function
■Improved blood circulation
■Increased sexual function
■Increased strength of the limb muscles including muscle tone
■Improved limb motor function
■Decreased muscle atrophy
■Corrected Orthostatic hypotension
■Normalized perspiration dysfunction (especially with higher level cervical SCI)
■Normalized skin temperature

Remarks:
■Children and young adults tend to react better.
■As time passes, effectiveness declines. However, some patients in their 30s have had positive results.
■Patients injured at the cervical level tend to respond much better, although their symptoms are more severe. This may be due to better blood circulation at the cervical level.
■Incomplete spinal cord injuries have a higher success rate.
■Patients in the early chronic stage have better results.
■Patients discharged from hospital continue to see improvements over an extended period (usually 6 months).

For more data please visit our Stem Cell Treatment Data for Spinal Cord Injury.

Ineligible SCI Patients

We do not recommend this treatment for patients with cauda equina injuries or complete SCI. Some of such patients show slight improvements, but there is no certainty of success to advocate stem cell treatment for these patients.