Minimally Invasive Brain Repair for Stroke

Mr. Walter Smith is a 73 years old male patient with a past medical history of hypertension, DM-2, osteoarthritis and chronic joint pain. Mr Smith suffered a stroke in 2014. The MRI (2014-03-30) revealed a left pontine stroke and a cardiovascular examination (2014-03-30) revealed a calcified aortic valve with mild aortic stenosis.

The stroke came on suddenly as Mr Smith, 5 years ago woke up one morning experiencing right limb weakness. As his wife has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, Mr. Walter became worried that he might not be able to care for his beloved wife anymore.

Hence Mr Smith decided to seek treatment at his local hospital but when his right limb became completely immobile, he became desperate and started looking for more help. When he learned about the success rate Bejing Puhua Hospital (BPIH) has with stroke patients, he decided that he should not waste any time and asked his friendly neighbor to come to China with him, as he required a support person, due to his mobility issues.

The examination at BPIH revealed that Mr Smith was physically in good shape, He however required wheelchair assistance, due to the muscle weakness in his limbs. The muscle strength of right upper limb was 0, lower limb 1/5, hypotonia was present.

Left limb muscle strength was 5, with moderate muscle tension. Right limb tendon reflex (+), left limb tendon reflex (++). Right Hoffman’s sign was positive, Rossolimo’s sign was positive and Babinski’s sign was positive. Depth feeling was normal, but generally he lacked the ability to perform many tasks. A contracture was noted in the right hand, he had a high interphalangeal muscular tension presenting him with a claw hand. Edema was significantly noted in the lower extremities, especially on the right side.

Following the examination, the Medical Specialist at BPIH finalized a treatment plan and Mr Smith received minimally invasive unframed brain stereotactic surgery with neural stem cell transplantation. Following this procedure, he was given rehabilitation therapy and TCM to further assist the rehabilitation of his limbs.

At the completion of his treatment regime, Mr Smith’s muscle strength of the right lower limb improved from 1/5 to 3/5.  He can stand up unassisted and his walking (with assistance) is more stable. The strength and the movement of both his hands noticeable improved as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Walter was very pleased to have regained so much more strength and limb function and is confident to be able to take care of his wife after he returns back home. We are also deeply moved by this love story and sincerely wish both happiness and a long, healthy live.