Spinal Cord Injury Treatment Status

Till the end of 2016, our department has treated 3311 patients with sequela of spinal cord injury, including 1522 patients with cervical cord injury, 1233 patients with thoracic cord injury (do not include T12-L1), 226 patients with both cervical cord and thoracic cord injury, and 330 patients with thoracic and lumbar cord injury (mainly T12-L1). We invented CT-guided intraspinal injection in 2006 and stem cell transplantation via endovascular intervention in 2011 to treat sequela of spinal cord injury, which apparently improved the treatment effect. Since 2011, the improvement rate of patients with sequela of spinal cord injury has reached 97%.

The improvement can be seen from:
1) increase of muscle strength under the injured surface, better motor function than before.
2) Lower sensory level and skin temperature come back to almost normal.
3) Improvement in postural hypotension which was caused by damaged vegetative nerve function (especially for high-level spinal cord injury patients), and the body temperature is close to or back to normal.
4) A certain degree of improvement in dysdefecation and urinate disorder which were caused by sphincter disturbances, patients will have better bowls movement than before and can be aware of and control urinating.
5) Reduction of abnormal high muscular tension.
6)More motor flexibility and abilities.

Latest development:

Our department work closely with CT room, and by using advanced 64 rank CT and double source CT, we performed more than 800 CT-guided intraspinal stem cell injections for patients with sequela of spinal cord injury. This is a new transplantation method invented by our department, which has many advantages such as minimally invasive, short time of surgery (only about half an hour), precise localization, little pain, no need of general anesthesia, fast recovery time (only need to stay in bed for 12 hours), and obviously effective. This treatment covers patients with injury of cervical cord, thoracic cord and thoracic lumbar cord.

In addition, our department started using transplantation via endovascular intervention to treat sequela of spinal cord injury in the end of 2011, Till June 2013 we have treated over 340 cases with this method. And our treating effect keeps improving.

These new methods help us to improve our treating effect and increase the improvement rate, now these methods are becoming the unique feature and main means of our department to treat sequela of spinal cord injury.