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At the Indiana School of Medicine, researchers have implanted a device called an oscillating field stimulator (OFS) into 10 subjects who had total motor and sensory spinal cord injury within 18 days prior to the device implant. The device was hoped to promote regeneration of nerve fibers and hence the patient may be able recover some function. All of the subjects noted an improvement at 6 months and 1 year but the level of improvement varied from patient to patient. Two patients recovered some functioning of their lower extremities with one man having his sexual function restored. Inserting the device requires two invasive surgeries but the results prove that the device may be worthwhile. The device was only implanted for 15 weeks but the improvements were long lasting. The greatest sensation improvement occurred at the injury site where nerve regeneration had begun.
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About: Device shows promise for victims of spinal chord injury
Date: 10 January 2005
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