The University Clinical Hospital (SKB) Mostar implemented a pilot project within which for the first time in the world a special device was implanted for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, thereby attracting attention of the global scientific community. The New York Times wrote about it calling it a “job of the century”.
The project involved a team of the Mostar Hospital led by Dr.. Sanda Vlatkovic Miljko and a research team from abroad (experts from the Netherlands, United States and Austria ).
“We are the first in the world who implanted a device for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis” – said dr. Miljko, underlining that the whole project was encouraged by the American corporation “Sentpoint Medical” which deals with innovative medicine.
The project is called “testing the safety and effectiveness of neuro-stimulation cholinergic anti-inflammatory way by using active implanted devices to stimulate the vagus nerve in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.”
It is a complex project, and the stage of implantation, as she pointed out, was preceded by painstaking job. Patients who may enter the pilot study were selected, and the operation was performed on two patients who have met the requirements, and now their condition is noticeably improved.
She underlined that this was a revolutionary project, adding that work and research for other diseases are underway, so there is a good chance that this type of treatment has been introduced in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease as well as in the treatment of bronchial asthma.