Today in the United States, there are about 5.5 million partially or completely paralyzed patients. Of these, 450 thousand have lost the ability to move as a result of various spinal cord injuries, the consequences of which were considered irreversible until now. Recently, however, these patients also have hope for recovery.
One of the leading US neurosurgeons, professor at the Rush University Medical Center (Chicago), Dr. Richard Fessler, was able to partially restore motor functions in four out of six patients with severe spinal cord injuries.
Cell therapy was used in the treatment. As part of the study, 10 million stem cells were surgically injected into each of them. Until recently, this led only to a temporary improvement of 1-2 months, but in the course of recent tests, positive dynamics persisted throughout the year. Previously completely immobilized patients regain part of their abilities - up to the ability to eat, write and type on a computer on their own.
However, Richard Fessler and his colleagues are far from euphoric after these first encouraging results. To date, significant limitations in the application of the new technique have not yet been overcome. In particular, people with a spinal injury should be able to start treatment within 25 days. In addition, only those whose spinal cord has not been completely severed can count on success.