Could There Soon Be A Treatment For Paralysis?

Doctor and Nurse Examine XRay

In Switzerland, a neurosurgeon who usually works out of Lausanne University Hospital got to try her hand at a new kind of surgery. You see, this doctor normally operates on humans, but a few months ago she tried her hand at operating on a monkey instead. Why would a human neurosurgeon spend 10 hours of their day operating on an animal? The answer could mean fewer wheelchairs in the future of paraplegics.

Have Doctors Developed a Treatment for Paralysis?

The monkey that was operated on had an injury on its spine that prevented the animal from using one of its legs. This was because the brain’s connection to the leg had been cut off, so doctors decided to fix that connection.

They put special electrodes on the monkey’s spine, below the injury. Then they put electrodes on the ape’s brain in the region that controls leg functions. They attached the electrodes to a wireless transmitter outside the monkey’s skull, and then they waited. A few weeks after implantation, the monkey was able to use its leg again—though at a decreased capacity. Just to make sure the experiment worked, scientists repeated the experiment in another monkey that had a similar injury. Once again the experiment worked.

How Long Before This Breakthrough Can Help People with Disabilities?

Human trials are beginning, and two people with partial leg paralysis are recovering from their own implantation surgeries. However, there’s still quite some time before we see this treatment used widely in humans. Scientists experimented in mice for 10 years before taking the step up to experimenting in monkeys. That process took another seven years to complete before reaching the stage the research is at now.

This breakthrough in science is just another step in changing the way people with disabilities are treated in our society. What effects do you think it will have on the disability community? Tell your Tulsa disability attorneys what you think on Facebook and Twitter.


    I didn't think there was a caring professional considerate attorney firm on the planet, but Troutman & Troutman proved me wrong. From the receptionist to the legal assistance to the attorney and more they were exceptional people.

    - Robert S.

    They did a fantastic job getting everything gathered up and getting the trial done as quickly as possible. Anytime I had a question they were patient and help me understand what was going on. Especially Christy and Charlie were great.

    - Michael M.

    Steve Troutman was able to get my short-term and long-term disability for me. Then Erin another lawyer for their firm got my Social security disability for me. Great people.

    - Billy S.

    Mr. Troutman walked me through the entire process. Heather was available each time I called, answered all my crazy questions, and helped me fill out forms along the way. I was never treated like I was wasting time.

    - Julia C.

    Erin and Keith were fabulous! They were compassionate, helpful, and very responsive! They made the process very smooth and painless every step of the way.

    - Valerie W.

We Are Here to Help 

Free & Confidential Consultations
  • Please enter your first name.
  • Please enter your last name.
  • Please enter your phone number.
    This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please enter your email address.
    This isn't a valid email address.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message.