Spinal Cord Reconstruction Surgery + Stem Cell Therapy

This treatment aim to restore neurogical function (which previously otherwise permanently lost), the combination of neurosurgery and biotherapy repopulates damaged areas of the spinal cord and aim to improve the ability of patients to move (“motor outcomes”) and to feel (“sensory outcomes”) beyond the level of the injury.

Initiated by Dr. Xiaodi Han (Head of neurosurgery dept.), Puhua is the first hospital which provides "Spinal Cord Reconstruction Surgery + Stem Cell Therapy" program for complete spinal cord injury patients, which has been clinically applied and brought new hope for those patients.

Puhua International Hospital has been using stem cells to treat patients with both complete and incomplete spinal cord injuries since 2004. While many treatment programs for SCI patients remain focuses on extensive physical therapy, occupational therapy, and other rehabilitation therapies; teaching the injured person how to cope with their disability, Puhua utilize cutting edge bio-technology alone with the conventional therapies.

Our stem cell treatment for SCI had been applied to over 1700 patients (data was collected in Jan 2013-Click to see detailed data). Nearly 85% complete spincal cord injury patients gained improvements, and almost 100% of patients whose injury was within one year responded very well and their ASIA scores increased more than 10 points. The fact that we are able to restore lost neurological function in these sever cases is very promising, including muscle strength and muscular tension, motor function and limbs movement, sensation, bladder and bowel, spasticity and sweating[1]. Our specilist can give you additional details regarding the patient's condition after recieving detaild medical information about the patient.

Treatment Program at Puhua Hospital

With the lead of Dr. Xiaodi Han (Head of neurosurgery dept.), who had accumulated over 20 years experience in neurosurgery and biotherapy research, we give our patients the best chance of recovery. Combining the Spinal Cord Reconstruction Surgery  with Stem Cell Therapy, we are able to inject the stem cells locally into the damaged area of the spinal, giving a better chance to colonise the damaged area in the spinal.

The body’s immune system is unable to recognize umbilical cord-derived mesenchmyal stem cells as foreign and therefore they are not rejected. HUCT stem cells have been administered thousands of times at the Puhua Hospital and there has never been a single instance rejection (graft vs. host disease). Umbilical cord-derived mesenchymal stem cells also proliferate/differentiate more efficiently than “older” cells, such as those found in bone marrow, they are considered to be more “potent”.


Dr. Han Xiaodi
Director of Neurosurgery


Dr. Xiaodi Han graduated from Shanghai Medical University (now merged with Fudan University) in 1992. In the same year, he came to work at the Neurosurgery Department of Beijing Tiantan Hospital. There, he studied under Professor Jizhong Zhao, and participated in many important research projects of Beijing. He is the first doctoral student of Professor Jizhong Zhao. He is also the editor of many neurosurgery books. Since working at the Neurosurgery Department of Beijing Tiantan Hospital, he was in charge of comprehensive treatment of glioma and various kinds of neurosurgical treatments. He has worked at Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Australia, and Wichita State University, Kansas, America. Subsequently, he has worked at the Neurosurgery Department of University of Rochester Medical Center where he was responsible for post-graduate research specializing in stem cell treatment.

Currently, Dr. Xiaodi Han is the Chief Neurosurgeon of Beijing Puhua International Hospital. He devotes himself to clinical work and teaching research of stem cell treatment for neurosurgical diseases. He is ingenious at surgical treatment and comprehensive treatment for malignant tumor, which has brought him international recognition. In addition, he is a forerunner of stem cell research, both at home and overseas.

Areas of specialization: Stereotactic technique to treat Parkinson’s Disease, “Spinal cord reconstruction surgery + stem cell implantation” to treat spinal cord injury, “Operation+ Intraoperative Radiotherapy(IORT) + BCNU wafer” to treat malignant brain tumor.

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