Shallow water diving spinal cord injuries are the fifth most common form of SCI. Ricky is a Verita Neuro patient who suffered SCI in this way. He came to our Mexico clinic in July 2022 to receive epidural stimulation treatment. His consultation with us suggested that the best treatment for him was the implantation of two spinal cord stimulators and stem cell treatment. In this webinar with Dr. Rodrigo Vilches Aranguren and Dr Paulina Marin he talked about his treatment experience and answered questions.
Ricky, please tell us a little bit about yourself
How long has it been since your injury? And how were your motor functions after your initial surgery?
Did you do any rehab in the first year after your injury?
Do you feel the difference in your injury before and after rehab?
How did you find us?
What were your expectations?
What did you think about Mexico before you came?
Good! How was your surgery?
Can you tell us a little bit about the first week after surgery?
So what do you think was your biggest challenge after getting the stimulator?
You were discharged not long ago, Ricky. How are you feeling? What can you do?
One thing that is very important for us is that after you get discharged, you have to do a physical therapy program at home. Are you doing that?
Can you tell the people a little bit about how you prepared before the surgery?
What's your experience been with the hospital and in general?
Probably the first thing I tell people is that the team ended up being family to me. By time I left, the mappers, the PT, to the nurses, to Paulina, it's really like you have a team of people looking out for you. If you're not feeling well or if you need to get motivated to push harder or if you want something accomplished, they will work on it. They're all assets for you and they really become your best friends in two months. That was my biggest thing. Also, the outcome - my upper body, I didn't think I would get it back and being able to hold weights and do workouts and then stand and work on my core for 20/30 minutes at a time, I didn't think was possible. The people and then the actual procedure were way above my expectations.