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Offline mexmarr

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Deep Brain Stimulation
« on: December 01, 2006, 01:05:50 PM »
Has anyone ever heard of this procedure?  Do you know anybody who has done it?  If you are like me, you probably don't know a thing about it.  This is what Wikipedia has to say about it.

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In neurotechnology, deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a surgical treatment involving the implantation of a medical device called a brain pacemaker, which sends electrical impulses to specific parts of the brain. DBS was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1997 as a treatment for Parkinson's disease as well as essential tremor,[1] and in April 2003 as a treatment for dystonia.[2] DBS may also alleviate symptoms in treatment-resistant clinical depression,[3] and has been used experimentally in the treatment of other conditions. While DBS is helpful for some patients, there is potential for serious complications and side effects.

They say a whole bunch more, that this was the summery paragraph.

Anyway, my brother is going to get it.  I am not sure what to think about it.  He has the nerological disorder, dystonia, and it is getting worse.  His body is pretty much twisted like a pretzel, and he has little jerks and stuff.  He doesn't have enough control over his arms to write.  (HE is right handed, but his right arm is worse.  If he holds onto his left arm he can do his signature).  He is in a wheel chair most of the time, though crawls around on his knees at home.  He still works and supports his family, and drives with hand controlls in his car, and insists on doing so till it is impossible. 

He actually just got married 2 years ago, and his wife love him to death. 

This is my big brother,  11 months older than me and was my hero growing up.  The dystonia didn't even start showing at all until his early teens, si this has been kinda hard on me to see.

Statistics say that 60-80% of dystonia patients get 60-80% recovery with this surgury.  My brother says that the possibility is well worth any risk.

Any thoughts or opinions?

(If you are not familiar with dystonia, here is a simplified definition.  His brain tells the muscles to twist and pull.  It can affect any muscle in your body.  We knew a man who lost his voice over it.)

Offline mexmarr

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Re: Deep Brain Stimulation
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2006, 01:09:56 PM »
Here is a news paper article about it.

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Deep Brain Stimulation Offers New Hope For Dystonia Treatment

Dystonia, a group of diseases that cause a patient’s muscles to involuntary contract with movement, has had a relatively limited and ineffective number of treatments in the past. New research shows that a recently developed surgical treatment, deep brain stimulation (an off switch for the brain), has provided dramatic benefits in some patients.

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A new study, published in Neuromodulation, has confirmed that preliminary evidence regarding this new treatment is more effective for certain types of dystonia than other treatments used in the past. It has relieved the symptoms that sometimes force patients into painful, involuntary postures.

“We knew from early studies that a certain type dystonia has a dramatic response to surgery. What was not clear, prior to this study, was whether patients with other types of dystonia would also respond in a similar fashion,” says Dr. Kathryn Holloway, head researcher. “This study shows that many forms of dystonia did respond well to the new treatment,” she continued.

The study also showed that the surgery is more effective if performed earlier in the course of the disease. However, even patients with long-standing symptoms benefited from the surgery.

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Re: Deep Brain Stimulation
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2006, 04:38:38 PM »
Hey MexMarr where is he having it done (what hospital/state)?  Just curious if the team will be using products I am familiar with for the procedure.  I used to work for a company that manufactured neurological and spinal surgical equipment. 
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Offline mexmarr

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Re: Deep Brain Stimulation
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2006, 07:31:44 AM »
Hey MexMarr where is he having it done (what hospital/state)?  Just curious if the team will be using products I am familiar with for the procedure.  I used to work for a company that manufactured neurological and spinal surgical equipment. 

He will be having it done in Atlanta, GA.  I don't knoe what hospital.

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Re: Deep Brain Stimulation
« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2006, 10:30:30 AM »
A wonderful gentleman in our church was just approved for this treatment. He has Parkinson's and they are so excited to try this. He will be having it done in Portland OR.
LKS