DEEP BRAIN STIMULATION

  • 24 Jun

    Parkinson’s Disease, Essential Tremors and Dystonia

    Parkinson’s disease, Essential tremors and Dystonia are very debilitating disease’s. DBS or Deep Brain Stimulation treatment brings the normal life back for these patients.

    Many patients were travelling from Pakistan to India for this treatment but now DBS Center has started functioning in Lahore, Pakistan. In this center foreign trained Professor Shahzad and his team perform the surgery with utmost precision and giving best results using state of the art technology from Inomed Germany and St. Judes USA. Professor Shams was trained by Prof Pieter Slabbert in South Africa and his team members by Prof Lozano in Canada.

    This Center is giving excellent results with very high patient satisfaction. Our cost for surgery is lowest in Asia.

    Our results are comparable to any best center in the world.

    Patients with DBS implanted batteries or Generator are able to perform their daily activities as they were doing before the start of these movement disorders and its a step towards new life for all Pakistani patients suffering from Parkinson’ disease, Essential tremors and Dystonia.

  • 15 Jan

    Functional Neurosurgery For Movement Disorders

    Although the origin of functional neurosurgery was motivated by a need to improve psychosurgery, the first patient had a motor disorder (Huntington’s chorea).

    Before the introduction of stereotactic techniques, the most common surgery for movement disorders involved resection of the motor or pre-motor cortex, since it was proposed as early as 1932 by Bucy and Buchanan for treatment of chorea.

    Bucy also claimed relief of tremor after interruption of the pyramidal system, even though the procedure was fraught with severe post-operative deficits

    In 1933, Putnam interrupted the proprioceptive input by posterolateral cordotomy in an attempt to lessen tremor and rigidity with less risk.

    Hassler and Riechert reported in 1954 that they had successfully treated Parkinson’s disease as early as in 1952 by ventrolateral thalamotomy.

    The introduction of levodopa in the 1960s led to a sharp decline in surgery for PD. It was not until a few decades later, when the long-term complications of levodopa became apparent, that interest was rekindled in movement disorder surgery.

    Many technical advances were made in the interim. The use of computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) supplanted Ventriculography for target localization. The use of microelectrode recording (MER) became more prevalent and provided an additional method for target confirmation and even the better targets for DBS were identified.

    Till now hundreds and thousands of patients with various movement and psychiatric patients have benefitted from DBS surgery in the world.

    ANFN team will provide treatment facilities to people from all over Pakistan and also people from across the borders. ANFN is offering treatment to patients of Parkinson disease, Essential tremors, Dystonia & Tourrete syndrome. The center is aslo intending to provide treatment to patients other than movement disorders including Intractable epilepsy, Severe spasticity & Chronic pain. Prof Shahzad Shams and his team took initiative to address the neglected but vital aspect of Neurosurgery in Pakistan. It will be great service to humanity & especially to the people of Pakistan.

    By Danyal Ahmad DEEP BRAIN STIMULATION