Wagih El Masri

Clinical Professor of Spinal Injuries - Keele University
Professor of Spinal Injuries Keele University

Graduated in 1969 and trained at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Oxford and Guys Hospitals between 1971 and 1983. Obtained the first Accreditation in the speciality of Spinal Injuries (SI) and in General Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1982. Between 1983 and 2014 I developed and led the Midland Centre for Spinal Injuries (MCSI) in the Orthopaedic Hospital in Oswestry.

To date I personally treated about 10,000 patients with spinal injuries. I personally managed all the medical, surgical and non-medical effects of paralysis with a team of knowledgeable and experienced health care professionals . I Contributed with over 135 publications on a wide range of aspects of SCI and in particular neurological recovery following traumatic SCI . Among various National and International offices I held I was Chairman of the British Association of Spinal Cord Injury Specialists and President of the International Spinal Cord Society. Founder Member of the following Charities: SPIRIT for education and training in spinal injuries (Chairman of Trustees) , Transhouse for interim accommodation between the hospital and the community (President) & the Oswestry Spinal Injury Trust (Chairman of Trustees). Member of the Trust Board of the Institute of Orthopaedics in the RJAH Oswestry.

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Neurological Recovery following Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury

The natural history of neurological recovery following Traumatic Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI) of various severity on presentation within the 1st 48 hours of injury will be presented. I will demonstrate that with adequate management of: the biomechanical instability of the spinal column, the physiological instability of the injured spinal cord and the multisystem physiological impairment and malfunction, the majority of patients with complete motor loss but with sensory sparing and those with motor sparing however little will make a significant neurological recovery.

I will demonstrate that this recovery occurs irrespective of the degree of Biomechanical Instability at the site of the fracture, degree of Traumatic Cord Compression, without surgical stabilisation, surgical decompression or any other intervention.


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