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“The Bladder Control System gave my life back to me”Amanda Boxtel
 
“My bladder does not dominate my life anymore”.
Jo Wright
 
“I can’t remember when I last had a UTI” Lesley
 
"The number of infections that I have had since implanting this device can be counted on the fingers of one hand" Martin

 

What is a Stroke (CVA)?

A stroke or a cerebrovascular attack (CVA) is caused when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. This is usually because of a blockage or burst blood vessel within the brain, the blockage causes vital brain tissue to die. The blockage in blood flow or loss of blood causes the brain to lack oxygen and blood nutrients. Because the brain controls everything the body does, damage to the brain will affect body functions. 

There are 3 main types of stroke:    

Facts about strokes

  • In the UK, approximately 150,000 people a year have a stroke. 
  • Anyone can have a stroke, even babies, but the majority of people are over 65. 
  • Strokes are one of the leading causes of severe adult disability with more than 250,000 people living in the UK with disabilities caused by stroke.

Common symptoms of StrokeEnjoy walking again after a stroke

There are tell tale signs that a stroke has or is occurring, these are a selection of the most common stroke symptoms:

  • Sudden confusion or trouble speaking
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Loss of balance or trouble walking
  • A sudden, severe headache for no reason.
  • Sudden numbness or weakness (especially on one side of the body this may lead to conditions such as Dropped Foot)

Consequences of a stroke

As a result of strokes, people are frequently left with one or more of the following conditions that Finetech Medical's products can help with:

  • Dropped foot condition - What is Dropped Foot ? read more here
  • Claw hand condition - a condition where the affected hand is gripped in a closed position. The wrist and fingers are stiff and difficult to move.

Finetech Medical produces a range of long-term implantable neuromuscular stimulators to restore function after neurological injuries, like strokes. Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) can be used to produce contractions in paralysed muscles. Finetech Medical’s implants deliver small electrical pulses to the nerves that supply the paralysed muscles, causing them to contract. An external, wireless device is used to control the implant and its function.

Finetech Medical’s products applicable to these conditions are:

 

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New to Finetech Medical? Why not download our patient information papers! by Newsroom

Patient Information PapersFinetech Medical has put together two very helpful patient information papers. These documents highlight the key points about the systems, how it works, the benefits and a frequently asked questions section.
 

Foot Drop Definition by Newsroom

The foot drop definition, also known as drop foot, is when a person has much difficulty trying to lift the front area of the foot.

It is Time to Resume your Life After a Stroke by Newsroom

Life after a stroke may be very different from what it was before a stroke. It is however, your life to deal with. The feelings of discomfort or hesitancy in re-socialising with with friends and family is vital to you leading a full life.

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