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.
This procedure is simple, safe, and pain free. It can direct a large quantity of stem cells into the central nervous system.
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.
Post Treatment Monitoring
Patients are observed carefully after each lumbar puncture surgery. They will be put on a monitor to measure their heart rate, respiration, and other relevant information. A nurse will record all related data such as temperature. If no complications or fever occur, patients are free to leave the hospital. Our hospital is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and physicians and nurses are always ready to help the patients in any kind of unexpected medical condition.