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Surgical Treatment Of Parkinson's Disease And Other Movement Disorders Current: A Game Changer

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Surgical Treatment Of Parkinson's Disease And Other Movement Disorders Discover The Game Changer! Surgical Treatment Of Parkinson S Disease And Other Movement Disorders (Current Clinical Neurology)

Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders have long been a source of frustration for patients and their families. These conditions can greatly impact one's quality of life, interfering with daily activities and causing a range of debilitating symptoms. However, recent advancements in medical science have brought about a game-changing approach for treating these conditions - surgical intervention.

The Rise of Surgical Treatment

Traditionally, medication was the primary treatment method for Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders. While medication can provide symptom relief, its effectiveness can diminish over time, and patients often face side effects. As a result, alternative treatment options have been sought after.

Over the past few decades, surgical treatment has emerged as a viable option, revolutionizing the management of these conditions. Deep brain stimulation (DBS) and other surgical procedures have shown remarkable success in improving motor symptoms and enhancing the quality of life for patients.

Surgical Treatment of Parkinson s Disease and Other Movement Disorders (Current Clinical Neurology)
Surgical Treatment of Parkinson鈥檚 Disease and Other Movement Disorders (Current Clinical Neurology)
by Robert J. Edelmann(2003rd Edition, Kindle Edition)

5 out of 5

Language : English
File size : 16949 KB
Text-to-Speech : Enabled
Screen Reader : Supported
Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
Print length : 703 pages

Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)

Deep brain stimulation has emerged as the gold standard surgical treatment for Parkinson's disease and several other movement disorders. It involves the placement of electrodes within specific regions of the brain, which are then connected to a pacemaker-like device implanted in the chest. This device produces electrical impulses that regulate abnormal brain activity and help control the symptoms.

The Benefits of DBS

DBS offers several advantages over traditional medication-based treatments:

  • Significant improvement in motor symptoms
  • Reduced medication requirements and associated side effects
  • Enhanced quality of life
  • Stabilization of symptom fluctuations
  • Potential to reduce dyskinesia (involuntary movements)

Exploring Other Surgical Options

In addition to DBS, various other surgical procedures are being utilized in the treatment of movement disorders. These procedures target different areas of the brain and offer alternative options for patients who may not be suitable candidates for DBS.

Globus Pallidus Internus (GPI) Deep Brain Stimulation

GPI deep brain stimulation is another surgical technique that has shown promising results in reducing motor symptoms associated with Parkinson's disease. In this procedure, electrodes are precisely placed within the globus pallidus internus, a structure deep within the brain, to control abnormal neural activity.

Subthalamic Nucleus (STN) Deep Brain Stimulation

Subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation is particularly effective in managing both motor and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease. By targeting the subthalamic nucleus, a small structure located below the thalamus, this procedure has shown great potential in restoring a more normal brain function and improving overall quality of life.

The Future of Surgical Treatment

With ongoing research and advancements in surgical techniques, the future of surgical treatment for Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders looks promising. Newer methods, such as minimally invasive procedures and targeted drug delivery, are currently being explored, aiming to provide even better outcomes and reduce potential risks.

Surgical treatment has become a game changer in the management of Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders. Deep brain stimulation and other surgical procedures have shown remarkable success in improving motor symptoms, reducing medication requirements, and enhancing the overall quality of life for patients. With further advancements and research, the future holds the potential for even better outcomes and expanded treatment options for individuals battling these conditions.

Surgical Treatment of Parkinson s Disease and Other Movement Disorders (Current Clinical Neurology)
Surgical Treatment of Parkinson鈥檚 Disease and Other Movement Disorders (Current Clinical Neurology)
by Robert J. Edelmann(2003rd Edition, Kindle Edition)

5 out of 5

Language : English
File size : 16949 KB
Text-to-Speech : Enabled
Screen Reader : Supported
Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
Print length : 703 pages

A panel of highly experienced neurosurgeons, neurophysiologists, neuropsychologists, and neuroanatomists join forces to create an integrated, cutting-edge survey all of the methodologies necessary for successful
surgical treatment. On the surgical side they review a variety of techniques for Parkinson's disease, including thalamotomy, pallidotomy and bilateral pallidotomy, subthalamotomy, pallidal and thalamic deep brain stimulation,
and subthalmic deep brain stimulation. Surgical therapy for tremor and dystonia is also covered. On the patient side, the authors systematically examine the key issues involved in any surgical procedure: Patient selection,
patient assessment before and after surgery, brain target localization, and postoperative programming of brain stimulators.

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