A UCLA researcher is working on a treatment that may restore an ability most people lose after spinal cord injury.
It’s noninvasive, inexpensive, painless and had promising results in its first clinical trial.
More than 80 percent of Americans who suffer spinal cord injuries lose the ability to urinate and have to rely on catheters to empty their bladders. That can be time-consuming, inconvenient and can lead to infections and even death.
Now, researchers are testing a new way to restore bladder control.
Twenty-nine-year-old Hinesh Patel broke his neck and damaged his spine when he fell off a balcony last year.
The M.D., Ph.D student has traveled the world and was super active. He’s getting back mobility, but so far, not the ability to urinate without a catheter.
“Now, you really have to think about that, because if you don’t manage it well, then you can also get worse health problems,” he said.
UCLA Dr. Daniel Lu is running his second study using a magnet to stimulate the part of the spinal cord that controls bladder function.