Published: December 18, 2012
New Device and Rehabilitation Help Patient Breathe Free of a Ventilator
LINCOLN, Neb. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Trent Borland takes a deep breath and begins to talk. "It feels so good
to be able to do that," says the father of two young girls who has
relied on a mechanical ventilator since a surgery on September 7 to
remove a tumor left him paralyzed.
Trent is only the fourth person to have a NeuRx DPS implanted in
Nebraska - a device that makes independent breathing possible for
certain individuals who are otherwise ventilator dependent. Implanted
through a minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, the pacer provides
electrical stimulation directly to the diaphragm, restoring a normal
Dr. Greg Fitzke with Surgical Associates of Lincoln, PC, performed the
operation on October 30 at Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center.
Trent returned to Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital following the
outpatient procedure and began weaning from the ventilator the next day.
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