Understanding the problem
A spinal cord injury is damage to any part of the spinal cord or nerves at the end of the spinal canal that often causes permanent changes in strength, sensation and other body functions below the site of the injury.
Understanding who suffers
- 12,500 new SCI cases each year in the US
- 276,000 Americans suffering from SCI
- 333,000 Europeans suffering from SCI
- 52% of SCI individuals are considered paraplegic and 47% quadriplegic
- 82% are male.
- 38% of injuries are caused by vehicle crashes
- Average age of injury is 42 years old
Potential Signs and Symptoms
These changes or symptoms of such an injury translate into loss of muscle function, sensation, or autonomic function in parts of the body served by the spinal cord below the level of the injury.
- Complete spinal injury is termed to describe cases where all functions below the injured area are lost, whether or not the spinal cord is severed.
- Incomplete spinal cord injury is termed to describe vases where preservation of motor or sensory function below the level of injury in the spinal cord.
- Patients with severe neurologic deficits may be candidates for this leading edge, evolving technology of AIMIS stem cell transplantation.
Examinations Usually Required
These tests may include:
- Computerized tomography (CT) scan. A CT scan may provide a better look at abnormalities seen on an X-ray. This scan uses computers to form a series of cross-sectional images that can define bone, disk and other problems.
- X-rays. Medical personnel typically order these tests on people who are suspected of having a spinal cord injury after trauma. X-rays can reveal vertebral (spinal column) problems, tumors, fractures or degenerative changes in the spine.
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). MRI uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to produce computer-generated images. This test is very helpful for looking at the spinal cord and identifying herniated disks, blood clots or other masses that may be compressing the spinal cord.
After an initial injury, when some of the swelling may have subsided, a doctor will normally conduct a neurological exam to determine the level and completeness of your injury. This involves testing muscle strength and ability to sense light touch and a pinprick.
Proposing Treatment and Why AIMIS
AIMIS performs a large number of procedures for this disease area including:
- Minimal Invasive Decompression (MID) and Stabilization Surgeries (MIS)
- Autologous Stem Cells
AIMIS is a leading center in the development and implementation of cellular repair of spinal cord injuries.
One of AIMIS’ primary goals is the compassionate treatment of patients with severe spinal cord injuries. Using an FDA patented technique of harvesting patients’ own stem cells, AIMIS’ skilled team of neurosurgeons and ancillary professionals has one of the leading experiences in the world of treating both spinal cord injury and degenerative disc disease of the lumbar spine.
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Reputable and Prestigious Surgeons
Globally established as a leading surgeon and trainer in Neurology, Dr. William Smith is instrumental in the continued development of MIS spine techniques and technologies, offering his specialized expertise to both his patients and the industry.
Dr. Smith is a certified Diplomat of The American Board of Neurological Surgery and licensed in the states of Nevada and Arizona. He is a member of numerous professional associations, including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, American Academy of Spine Physicians, American Medical Association, North American Spine Society and the Hydrocephalus Association. In addition to his civic involvement, Dr. Smith is well published and has been invited to conduct neurosurgery presentations throughout the United States, Mexico, Europe & Asia.
AIMIS’ skilled team of neurosurgeons and ancillary professionals has one of the leading experiences in the world of treating both spinal cord injury and degenerative disc disease of the lumbar spine.
AIMIS seeks to restore hope and improve spinal cord function in a compassionate and holistic manner. Only the highest scientific standard will be utilized.
Getting More Information Before Moving Forward
You may have questions like:
- Can I get more information before I commit to this?
- Can I get a second opinion from you before I commit to this?
- How can I find out the cost before I have any obligation?
What AIMIS Can do:
AIMIS will provide a full review, diagnosis and potential surgical options for your condition, after receiving the relevant examinations and information from you. They will also provide an estimate for your surgical procedure before you decide.
AIMIS’ mission is to the provision of “true” healthcare for those who require it. It provides world leading surgeons using state of the art procedures to optimize potential surgical outcomes, whilst taking care of all arrangements so as to allow concentration on recovery.
AIMIS provide competitive prices for state of the art procedures. We also work with a large range of Insurance companies where your policy allows you to have surgery abroad.
Further information on the problem:
Given AIMIS' tremendous commitment to improving the science of spinal cord injury repair, all patients enrolled in the stem cell transplantation program must agree to a follow up protocol by appropriate medical personnel. AIMIS will help coordinate this with local medical professionals.
In addition, intensive and appropriate physical and occupational therapy must be completed by the treated patient for at least one year and may include electrical stimulation. There must be a commitment from the patient to this prior to enrolling in the transplantation program. Once again, AIMIS will assist in the coordination of the appropriate follow-up treatment plan with local therapists.
Further Information on Increased Risk Groups
Spinal Cord Injuries can happen to anyone, from an accident, work industry or recreational activity, those activities that see the highest rate include:
- Football and wrestling have the highest incidence of all types of injury: Football is 4.36 injuries per 1000 exposures, wrestling is 2.5 injuries per 1000 exposures
- 92% of SCI-related sports injuries result in tetraplegia
- 6 out of every 10 skateboard injuries involve teenagers 16 and under.
- 43 people/year are seriously injured skiing.
- 1,000 recreational diving injuries occur each year with 90% resulting in tetraplegia and 90% occurring in six feet of water or less
Further examination that maybe required or requested
The first step in assessment will be a careful review of medical history and current neurological exam. All recent and appropriate imaging studies will also be reviewed by the AIMIS team headed by our leading surgical experts in neurological surgery. Each case will be screened by an AIMIS surgeon and an individualized treatment plan will be developed. The patient selection process will be rigorous.
Regrettably not all patients will pass our strict screening process. This is to ensure that no false hope will be given and that only the highest scientific criteria will be followed.
Why AIMIS for this Surgery
AIMIS strives for excellence in delivering the best surgical outcomes, via the extensive expertise of its prestige surgeons, its technologies, its highly trained staff and superior facilities to provide an individualized and compassionate experience in a comfortable environment. All patients are treated with the individual care they deserve in an effort to provide the best chance of successful treatment.
Other Services Provided by AIMIS
In addition to its Innovative Healthcare, AIMIS provides seamless service along the way. From the start of your journey you'll know the best flights to take, where you'll be staying, what paperwork you will need. You will have a personal assistant assigned; from your pick up at the airport, to your accommodation, continuous assistance at your pre-consultation, through surgery and in your postsurgical care. Our Patients have said that they feel they have become "part of our family" and some even asked to stay a little longer! AIMIS is here to assist you in an all you requirements, allowing you to focus on your health and recovery.