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Charity Initiates Spinal Stimulation Device Study to Improve Bowel Function Capacity

11th January 2024

The charity Spinal Research, based in the United Kingdom, is initiating a trial with the goal of reinstating bowel functionality in individuals coping with a spinal injury, supported by a generous £300,000 contribution.   

The ImPRESS research initiative, which is set to take place at the London Spinal Injuries Centre, will investigate the potential of spinal cord stimulation devices to recover bowel function capacity.  

To begin with, the device will be provided in medical facilities to individuals who show positive responses to the epidural stimulator designed for remote usage, along with a regimen of pelvic floor muscle workouts.  

Harvey Sihota, the head officer of Spinals Research, stated, “Curing paralysis is a journey of restoring the functions stolen by a spinal cord injury, and it’s one we have now started. Restoring functions like bowel and bladder will make such a huge difference to the quality of life of millions of people.”  

Sihota went on to add, “I’m very excited about where things are heading. Curing paralysis will be the medical breakthrough of the 21st century but we do need a substantial increase in funding to accelerate the translation of the science into meaningful treatments.”  

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