Lumbar puncture is a therapeutic procedure which is conducted under local anesthesia. The whole procedure usually lasts for 15 minutes.
During the procedure, a needle will be inserted into the spinal canal between two lumbar vertebrae. This careful insertion would almost lead no harm to the body as the spinal cord is absent in this location.
After tapping cerebral spinal fluid (CSF), the surgeon will inject stem cells into the subarachnoid space. Then the natural CSF circulation would lead stem cells to travel into the spinal cord and brain. It would take about six hours for one cycle of CSF circulation.
Patients need to stay on their beds for six hours for monitoring after receiving the transplantation via lumbar puncture. Most patients have no side-effect after the surgery, although they may experience headache or backache. The pain is temporary and expected to disappear within a few days.
This procedure is simple, safe, and pain free. It can direct a large quantity of stem cells into the central nervous system.
Notice Before Treatment
1) If the morning surgery, the amount of breakfast is halved, try to eat solid food and less than normal days.
2) wear clothes and trousers that are easy to expose the waist, otherwise the surgery will be affected.
3) Patients with a history of epilepsy should be prepared to suck in oxygen in the ward and the tongue depressor bundled with gauze.
4) Sign the Acknowledgement and Operation Consent Form before surgery.
5) Disinfection work half an hour before the operation in the ward.
1)After the operation, keep laying down for 6 hours without pillow .
2)After 6 hours, patient could eat and drink as usual but avoid intense activities.
3)Postoperative routine examination: heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature whether the patient has fever, vomiting and other adverse reactions during lying down.
4) Do not take a bath within 3 days after surgery, keep the surgical site dry to avoid infection.