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Having slow recovery from spinal cord surgery, lost bowel and bladder control. What to do ?

Hello, This question is about my brother. He had a surgery last month January 12, 2013 on his spinal cord after an acident at his work. He is gettin a slow recovery, start to walking a little with help. The only problem he has is he lost bowel and bladder control. Has been more than one month after the surgery and he still can t get back to normal. He is using the catheterin for the bladder. My question is howl long it will take to recover from the bowel and bladder problem, and is he willing to recover? what is required to do, to speed the recovery.
Asked On : Tue, 26 Feb 2013
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Nov 2013
Thank you for posting the query.

It is unfortunate that your brother had a spinal cord injury leading to disability.

The extent and time for recovery depend on the severity of injury as well as how early after the injury the surgery was performed.

In cases of mild to moderate spinal cord damage, complete recovery may occur. However, if severe injury had occurred, recovery may not be complete.

Similarly, if operation was performed within 24 hours of injury, there are good chances of recovery.

Most important to ensure good recovery is regular physiotherapy.

Stem cell treatment may offer much promise in future for patients with spinal cord injury.

Best wishes,

Dr Sudhir Kumar MD (Internal Medicine), DM (Neurology)

Senior Consultant Neurologist

Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad,

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