Device developed in Hong Kong could help those with spinal injuries avoid surgeries – South China Morning Post

A tiny neurostimulator developed by Polytechnic University researchers could help patients with spinal injuries avoid invasive surgeries. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Hong Kong patients suffering from spinal cord injuries could soon be able to avoid invasive operations with a novel, non-surgically implanted neurostimulator developed by a local university and expected to come on the market in a few years’ time, according to researchers.

While using electrical stimulation to help patients with spinal cord injuries was not a new idea, Zheng Yong-ping, the chair professor of biomedical engineering at Polytechnic University, said the novel device was powered by ultrasonic waves transmitted externally in place of a conventional battery.

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