Sunday, July 12, 2020

Tag: Spinal Surgery

Acute, severe spinal cord injury: Monitoring from the injury to improve outcome

Published: May 28, 2019

Marios Papadopoulos and Samira Saadoun talk to Spinal News International about the ISCoPE trial, which aimed to develop techniques to continuously monitor the pressure of the spinal cord at the injury site in the intensive care unit (ICU). They conclude that monitoring from the injury site provides clinically important information, and note that they are now in the process of setting up a randomised controlled trial to test whether, compared with bony decompression, expansion duroplasty improves functional outcome after severe spinal cord injury.

A new spinal cord injury treatment is getting patients back on their feet

Published: September 10, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Matt Wetschler was bodysurfing at Ocean Beach in San Francisco when he went for a wave and didn’t come back up. Some other surfers saw his body floating like a log and pulled him ashore.

He was lucky: an ICU nurse happened to be walking along the beach and started CPR. By the time the ambulance arrived and shocked him, he had a heartbeat again. But his injury was serious – he’d fractured two vertebrae in his neck from hyperextension.

Does the Timing of Surgery to Treat Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury Affect Outcomes?

Published: October 24, 2013

New Rochelle, NY — Performing surgery to take pressure off the spine after a traumatic injury soon after the event could prevent or reverse some of the secondary damage caused by swelling and decreased blood flow to the injured spine.

However, strong evidence to support early spinal surgery is lacking, mainly because the available study data cannot be easily compared, as explained in a review of this controversial field published in Journal of Neurotrauma, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers.

Paralyzed Louisiana man to have experimental spinal cord surgery

Published: January 15, 2010

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) – A young man from Louisiana is traveling across the world, hoping to get help for his paralysis. On January 18th, he is scheduled to go to Portugal for an experimental procedure, he hopes will help him gain more mobility.

Tommy Mead is a full time student at a Baton Rouge community college. In 2007, a spinal cord injury left him paralyzed from the waist down. But his upper body mobility is also limited.

Oldest Known Paralyzed Human Discovered

Published: August 6, 2009

paraplegic-skeleton-324x205The remains of a man who could be the world’s oldest known paralysis victim have been unearthed by Australian bio-archaeologists in northern Vietnam.

Found at the Neolithic cemetery site of Man Bac, some 100 kilometers (62 miles) south of Hanoi, the remains are between 3,500 and 4,000 years old and belong to an adult male who died around age 25.

Called Man Bac Burial 9, or simply M9, the young man suffered from paraplegia or possibly quadriplegia due to a rare disorder called Klippel-Feil Syndrome, a condition involving congenital fusion of the spine.

Doctors at AIIMS operate on spinal injury, boy walks

Published: July 6, 2009

aiims_premchand-313New Delhi: A 10-year-old boy from a village in Uttar Pradesh has gained a new lease of life after the doctors at AIIMS operated upon him.

Premchand, a victim of a tractor-related accident had suffered massive injury to his spine. But a marathon 8-hour-lon operation by a team of doctors at AIIMS has ensured that he can look forward to life.

Bad to the bone

Published: April 9, 2009

au09_trampolineAfter trampoline flip nearly paralyzes Oswego teen, he and surgeon warn to think first before jumping into play

Kameron Botka of Oswego says he has a “history of doing stupid stuff,” but after several broken bones during his childhood and a trampoline accident requiring spinal surgery last fall, the junior at Oswego High School insists he’s more safety-minded now.

The surgeon who performed the five-hour operation that spared Kameron from life with limited mobility says it’s common for young people to be unaware of injuries that can impact the rest of their lives.

BEIJING OLYMPICS: Third Olympics, a second chance

Published: August 12, 2008

DPT.Zur-1.081308KAYAKING: Newport Beach paddler among medal contenders in sprint events following spinal surgery in 2004.

Rami Zur went to the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece in search of a medal in sprint kayaking. He wound up instead with a titanium plate.

Now, thanks to some good fortune, good medicine and a lot of hard work, the Newport Beach resident and member of the Newport Aquatic Center is preparing to compete in his third Olympics in the single men’s kayak 1,000- and 500-meter events that begin Monday and Tuesday, respectively.

Woman happy with progress after Chinese spinal surgery

Published: September 27, 2007

christan20zaccagninoChristan Zaccagnino awoke at Xishan Hospital near Beijing with a roaring headache.

The 24-year-old Port Chester woman had just endured two hours of spinal cord surgery. Doctors transplanted cells above and below the spot in her spinal cord that was injured 14 years earlier in a diving accident. They hoped to restore movement and feeling to her paralyzed body.

Zaccagnino is among hundreds of people with spinal cord injuries and other debilitating afflictions who have placed their faith in Dr. Hongyun Huang, a Chinese neurosurgeon who has transplanted fetal brain tissue into the lesions of more than 400 such patients from across the world.

A chill down the spine

Published: September 23, 2007

The quick and cooling treatment of Buffalo Bills’ Kevin Everett spurs interest in its use in spinal cord injuries.

Buffalo Bills tight end Kevin Everett’s remarkable progress after a recent spinal injury has ignited hopes that one component of his treatment — therapeutic Hypothermia — could represent a breakthrough for other victims of spinal cord injuries.

But while promising, rapidly cooling the body following catastrophic spine injury may not become standard practice. The treatment has yet to be proven effective in clinical trials, and it appears to increase the risk of infection and cardiac arrhythmias.