Video: Medical implant assists severe paralysis patientsCari Cooney | June 04, 2022
About one in 50 Americans, or 5.4 million people, are paralyzed in some way. Most patients see a big drop in their overall health. Researchers recently gave these people new hope by using implanted brain-computer interface technology to help them regain lost motor control and control electronic devices. Implanted electrodes pick up movement signals from the brain and translate them into commands for movement. It has been shown to help those with severe paralysis caused by problems in the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves, or muscles move again.
Even though interface technology is still young, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has called the implantable a "breakthrough device." This makes it even more important to get this technology to the patients who need it for a better quality of life. The Cleveland Clinic created the video in a series of healthcare innovations for 2022.