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New technique improves Parkinson's surgery

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New technique improves Parkinson's, tremor treatment surgery

 

 

Print9643439.png 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.

 

-- Nick Budnick

 

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Could be a win win win ... fight PD, depression, and obesity with one treatment! But it does seem to me that the patient's feedback during neuro surgery would be important to know whether the probes hit the mark. Howevr, if I ever have DBS I would prefer to sleep through it so I hope they have a winner!

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Agreed -- I would most definitely prefer to sleep through a 8-hour operation!

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