Help us to walk again - how ho help us

Help us to walk again - how ho help us

Perhaps the purest emotion any one human can experience, is joy. It’s a feeling we feel unabashedly as children, especially when we feel free. Whether it is through walking, dancing or jumping up and down— all children should have the opportunity to enjoy the freedom of each little movement.
Unfortunately, children who have experienced the tragedy of spinal cord injury, are unable to pursuethe simplest joy in life.
While other children chase soccer balls outside, swim, plié through dance class or simply ride a bike, those with paraplegic and quadriplegic injuries are confined to watching from the sidelines.
The advancements in medical research to help these children today, are remarkable: A technological breakthrough in the form of a pacemaker, is the latest ground-breaking achievement.
The pacemaker, a small device that uses electrical impulses to spark movement, could give these children the possibility of walking again.
Funding, in the form of monetary donations, is necessary to further develop, build and test this micro-pacemaker, thereby making it accessible to a wide range of patients.

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Medical Research Project: Neuropelveology by Prof. Dr. Marc Possover

The LION Procedure

Neuromodulation - the safe application of electrical current to the nerves - is a suitable method for treating a wide range of disorders caused by nerve dysfunctions in the pelvic region. Nerve stimulation is achieved with the LION procedure (Laparoscopic Implantation
Of Neuroprothesis) developed by Prof. Possover. The LION procedure is the first technique that allows the surgeon to selectively place electrodes on certain pelvic nerves in order to stimulate them electrically.

LION procedure for spinal cord injury

The LION procedure has revolutionized the treatment of paraplegic patients.
In patients with spinal paralysis, electrodes and a rechargeable pacemaker - a pacemaker comparable to a cardiac pacemaker - are implanted laparoscopically into the body. The pacemaker supplies the electrical current to the pelvic nerves for muscle movements by means of electrical cables (electrodes). By stimulating the nerves that activate the gluteal muscles in the buttocks, the pelvis is stabilized. In addition, the stimulation of the nerves that control the muscles of the thighs causes an extension of the knee joints and thus a leg extension. The patient performs individual steps by rotating the trunk and then stretching the knee. The individual parameters and different stimulation programs are steered by the patient himself using a remote control device.
While direct muscle stimulation triggers jerky, convulsive movements, nerve stimulation, which acts indirectly on the muscles, leads to more balanced and coordinated movements, is more gentle on the tendons and joints and prevents premature muscle fatigue. This type of exercise requires sufficient strength in the lower arms to stabilize the upper body. Since the introduction of this new technology, researchers have found that nerve stimulation also has the potential to promote nerve growth and thus the reconnection of nerve fibers.
Currently, the medical research team of Prof. Dr. Possover ( Zürich) is working together with the ETH in Zürich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich) to develop and build an micro pacemaker, which would help people in difficult situations to improve their
quality of life. In particular children who are paralyzed or who were born with spina bifida.
Continuous research, decades of clinical experience and the focused determination to find a solution for previously unsolved medical problems, have enabled Prof. Possover to help often quite discouraged patients find release from their seemingly insurmountable problems.