New Surgical Technique for Deep Brain Stimulation Proves Accurate and Safe
The success and safety of a new surgical technique for deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery has been published in in the June 2013 edition of the Journal of Neurosurgery, and has been published online at the journal's website.
This new technique allows for more accurate placement of the brain electrodes and likely is safer for patients. It may have broad implications for DBS surgery into the future, as it may increasingly be used to help with a wide range of medical issues beyond Parkinson's disease and familial tremors.
The new surgery also offers another distinct advantage: patients are asleep during the surgery, rather than being awake under local anesthesia to help surgeons determine placement of the electrodes as happens with the traditional DBS surgery. Read more.