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New medical technologies offer hope to those with spinal injuries

By Nikolaos Prakas

New minimally invasive surgical technologies are giving hope for the return of at least some lost mobility among patients with spinal injuries and paralysis.

The American Medical Centre in Nicosia, and the American Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery (AIMIS), have announced the arrival of new minimally invasive  technologies, including a robotic arm, and some new microsurgical procedures, such as stem cell transplant in the spinal cord for quadriplegic patients.

During a presentation in Nicosia, William Smith, president and co-founder of AIMIS and also the Head of Neurosurgery and Spinal Column surgery at the University of Nevada Las Vegas said technologies that have to do with autologous growth factors/stem cells, could be transplanted in patients, even those with paralysis due to injury of the spinal cord, offering hope for the return of mobility.

A testimonial from a quadriplegic patient who was operated on by Smith, had seen the return of some of his lost mobility, when no surgeon had given him any hope, a statement from AIMIS said.

The presentation also focused on advancements being made in robotic surgery at AIMIS.

Dr Evgeny Solomonov, a liver surgeon  at the University of Safed in Israel said:  “Robotic surgery gives us technological advantages that help us overcome the limitations of laparoscopic surgery, expanding the benefits of minimally invasive surgery in difficult cases of general surgery.”

George Potamitis, gastroenterologist and liver specialist, said that goals was to  spread the knowledge of new technologies among the Cypriot medical community.

AIMIS is the American Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery is a well-known centre for minimally invasive surgery, according to the press release, that has been operating out of the American Medical Centre in Nicosia since 2011.

It is made up of surgeons from the US, as well as, other countries, and focuses on spinal cord and robotic surgery.

A few months ago AIMIS introduced the new system for robotic surgery, daVinci Xi 4 Arm 3D HD, which is the only one in the Eastern Mediterranean and is a useful aid to doctors in providing new and innovative procedures.

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