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Neuroscience

Neuroscience

Fri, 2013-09-13 09:30 -- ddejesus

Neurosurgery

Florida Hospital Celebration Health is at the forefront of surgical innovations, and our surgeons are often selected as pioneers to establish new procedures that ultimately result in much greater patient outcomes.

Deep Brain Stimulation

Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is a procedure to surgically implant a small battery-operated medical device called a neurostimulator to deliver electrical stimulation to targeted areas in the brain that control movement. This blocks the abnormal nerve signals that cause the debilitating neurological symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and Essential tremor, such as trembling, stiffness and slowed movement.

Nizam Razack, MD, JD performed the world’s first deep brain stimulation (DBS) using Mazor Robotics Renaissance Guidance System at Florida Hospital Celebration Health in August 2013.*

Deep brain stimulation has helped people continue working, care for their families, return to favorite activities, and experience the joy of doing the simplest things in life again.

During DBS Therapy, a small, pacemaker-like device sends electronic signals to an area in the brain that controls movement. These signals block some of the brain messages that cause frustrating and life-altering motor symptoms. The device is placed under the skin in the chest. Very thin wires connect the device to your brain to enable the signals to reach the source of your symptoms.

Utilizing Mazor Robotics Renaissance’s proprietary pre-operative planning software, surgeons can determine the optimal trajectory for implanting the electrodes and use the guidance unit to execute the implantation with precision.

More than 30,000 people with Parkinson's have undergone traditional DBS according to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, and Progress in Brain Research states that there are 8,000 to 10,000 new cases each year worldwide.

Mazor Robotics Renaissance increases guidance accuracy during the procedure and adds an extra element of safety for patients undergoing this major operation. The technology also allows for less time in the operating room.

To learn more about Deep Brain Stimulation at Florida Hospital Celebration Health, click here and a member of our multidisciplinary team will respond.

*Dr. Razack has performed over 1,000 traditional DBS procedures (without robotic guidance).