Functional Neurosurgery is a specialized field within Neurosurgery that focuses on alleviating symptoms and improving the quality of life for patients with neurological disorders. It involves precise surgical interventions that target specific areas of the brain to modulate or regulate abnormal neural activity. By employing advanced technologies and techniques, Functional Neurosurgeons can effectively manage a range of conditions that may not respond well to other forms of treatment.
Conditions Treated By The Functional Neurosurgery Department
- Parkinson's Disease: Functional neurosurgery offers treatments like Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) to help control the motor symptoms associated with Parkinson's disease, such as tremors, rigidity, and bradykinesia.
- Essential Tremor: This disorder causes uncontrollable shaking, particularly in the hands. DBS and other surgical procedures can significantly reduce or even eliminate tremors.
- Epilepsy: Functional neurosurgery provides options like responsive neurostimulation (RNS) and Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) for patients with epilepsy that is resistant to medication.
- Chronic Pain: Certain forms of chronic pain, including neuropathic pain and trigeminal neuralgia, can be effectively managed with techniques like motor cortex stimulation and deep brain stimulation.
- Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS): This involves the implantation of electrodes into specific areas of the brain, followed by the placement of a neurostimulator (similar to a pacemaker) in the chest or abdomen. The neurostimulator sends electrical impulses to regulate abnormal neural activity.
- Responsive Neurostimulation (RNS): This system continuously monitors brain activity and provides responsive electrical stimulation to interrupt or prevent epileptic seizures.
- Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS): A small device is implanted in the chest and connected to the vagus nerve in the neck. It sends regular electrical impulses to the brain to help prevent seizures.
- Motor Cortex Stimulation (MCS): Electrodes are implanted directly on the surface of the brain to modulate pain signals and alleviate chronic pain conditions.
Advantages Of The Department
- Precision and Individualized Care: Functional neurosurgery is highly personalized, with surgical plans tailored to the specific needs and anatomy of each patient.
- Adjustable and Reversible: In many cases, interventions in Functional Neurosurgery are adjustable, allowing for fine-tuning of stimulation levels to achieve the best results. Additionally, procedures like DBS are reversible if needed.
- Interdisciplinary Approach: Functional Neurosurgery often involves collaboration with other specialists, including neurologists, neuropsychologists, and physical therapists, to optimize patient outcomes.
- Improvement in Quality of Life: Many patients experience significant improvements in their quality of life, including reduced symptom severity and increased functional abilities.
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