Neuro Science for Nerve Regeneration gets Go-Ahead for Pioneering Surgical Implant to Regenerate Nerves in Spinal Cord Injuries
Professor Mark Dallamore and his team have been licenced in Sri Lanka to surgically implant chips to regenerate nerves in patients with spinal cord injuries, enabling them to regain mobility and bodily functions.
Professor Mark Dallamore announced today that he and his team have been licenced in Sri Lanka to perform ground-breaking surgery on patients suffering paralysis due to spinal cord injury. This innovative procedure will insert medical implants to regenerate nerves and enable patients to regain mobility and bodily functions.
The implants have been developed in Japan, based on proven implant technology. The implant system uses the Peripheral Nervous System (PNS) to sense data normally directed to the Central Nervous System (CNS) and transmits it to the appropriate nerves below the damaged area – as the spinal cord injury interrupts the normal working of the CNS. Patents on the implants are pending.
Professor Dallamore said “This is the culmination of all the research undertaken since first achieving nerve regeneration on a paraplegic patient in 2003. We already have several patients in line for the procedure, the first of which is scheduled for the autumn of 2011.”
The PNS consists of the nerves and ganglia that lie outside the brain and spinal cord. Its main function is to connect the CNS to the limbs and organs.
Professor Mark Dallamore is a Harley Street Neuroscientist, also practising at the Wellbeck Hospital, London, UK and the Nawaloka Hospital, Colombo, Sri Lanka. He specialises in treating spinal cord injuries, and in nerve regeneration for sports injuries. He is Neuroscientist for the 2012 Sri Lankan Olympic Team.