Wednesday, March 29, 2017
CLEVELAND – A neurologist and two neurosurgeons from University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center played vital roles in a new study reporting the first successful case in the world of a man with quadriplegia moving his paralyzed right arm through brain-controlled muscle stimulation.
Using an implanted brain sensor array and muscle stimulators, the 56-year-old man, Bill Kochevar, who had a complete traumatic high spinal cord injury from a bicycle accident, was able to extend his arm, grasp a cup and bring it to his mouth. In other tests, he was able to feed himself using a fork.
The major, multi-institutional study appears in the March 28 issue of the journal The Lancet. UH Neurological Institute physicians were part of the research team: Benjamin Walter, MD, Director of the UH Movement Disorders Program and the Clinical Principal Investigator for the study in Cleveland; Jonathan Miller, MD, Director of the Functional and Restorative Neurosurgery Center and lead surgeon, and neurosurgeon Jennifer Sweet, MD.