Standing & Transfer


The overall goal of this project is to improve the personal mobility of individuals with spinal cord injuries (SCI) through the application of surgically implanted functional electrical stimulation (FES) technology.

Participants with complete spinal injuries may benefit from the ability to stand and transfer. The intended result is the ability to stand for limited periods of time and perform transfers with little to no assistance. Rehabilitation and reconditioning exercises will be performed at the Center. Subjects will be trained to stand, balance and transfer with the neuroprosthesis and will be discharged to use the system at home.

Evaluation of an Advanced Lower Extremity Neuroprostheses (LE-IST)

Purpose: It is proposed that this fully implanted neuroprosthesis is capable of delivering stimulation via nerve- or muscle-based electrodes to activate muscles required to improve standing balance, which will provide better stability or prolonged standing endurance and/or seated balance.

Objective: The purpose of this research is to evaluate an implanted FES system to assist with exercise, standing, and/or balance in people with various degrees of paralysis of the legs.

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Principal Investigator: Ronald Triolo, PhD; Musa L Audu, PhD
Clinical Contact: Lisa Lombardo, MPT
Contact Number: (216) 791-3800 x4909
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