New technique improves Parkinson's surgery
Posted 08 June 2013 - 06:20 PM
Print By Nick Budnick, The Oregonian
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on June 05, 2013 at 3:30 PM, updated June 05, 2013 at 6:58 PM
New techniques developed in Portland could ease the way for increased use of a method of applying electricity to the brain to treat familial tremors, Parkinson's disease symptoms, and other conditions.
The June edition of the Journal of Neurosurgery includes a study by an Oregon Health & Science University doctor that details new methods for deep brain stimulation surgery, which connects wire electrodes in the brain to a device implanted in the chest to deliver electricity.
The new technique allows the patient to remain asleep through the surgery. It also allows scanning to be used to locate electrodes rather than relying on patient feedback during surgery. The methods should be easier, cheaper and safer, according to the study's lead author, Dr. Kim Burchiel, chair of neurological surgery at OHSU.
While the use of the surgery has been limited to people with Parkinson's and familial tremors, it is currently being studied for its effectiveness in treating depression, obesity and Alzheimer's disease.
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