Table 9: Other Surgery

Author Year
Country
Research Design
Score

Total Sample Size

Methods

Outcome

Yang et al., 2014

China

Pre-post

N=6

Population: N=6 SCI individuals (4M 2F)

Mean age (SD): 41.7(16.2)

Mean DOI* (SD): 84(26.7) days

All with limited diaphragmatic function, dyspnea, and good trapezius muscle strength

All cervical SCI, AIS-A

*At time of surgery

Treatment:

Rib suspension surgery

Outcome Measures:

Vital capacity (VC), tidal volume (TV), cough & expectoration assessment, ventilator & oxygen dependence, diaphragmatic activity (fluoroscopy), phonation ability, electromyography, arterial blood gas analysis and development of complications

  1. Patients reported improved breathing, cough & expectoration 1 day post-surgery.
  2. Increased range of diaphragmatic activity 2-3 weeks post-surgery.
  3. Extubation completed in all patients within 4 weeks post-surgery.
  4. Significantly increased VC post-surgery.
  5. No significant change in TV.
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