The Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center of the Delaware Valley (RSCICDV) at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Magee Rehabilitation Hospital is excited to announce a new program available for those with ventilator dependent spinal cord injury, the NeuRx Diaphragm Pacing System™ RA/4.
The NeuRx RA/4 System is designed to help patients breathe by stimulation of their diaphragm muscles. Intramuscular diaphragm electrodes are implanted using standard laparoscopic surgical techniques. The implanted electrodes are connected to an external stimulator that delivers repetitive electrical stimulation to the patientís diaphragm causing it to contract. As a result the patient will inhale in a manner similar to natural breathing. A physician will program the Stimulator so that it produces the right stimulation patterns. The user simply connects the device to the implanted electrodes and turns it on for use; no other controls are available or necessary for operation.
If you feel you may benefit from this procedure and may be interested or you would like further information on this new device, please call the RSCICDV office at (215) 955-6579.