Surgery for a Parkinson's Disease

Tuesday,  11  Апрель  2023

Doctors from the National Center for Neurosurgery operated on a patient who, according to the woman, had been suffering from Parkinson's disease since 2011. Recently, the disease began to progress, the effect of the drugs became ineffective. The tremor of the limbs began to intensify, as did stiffness and slowness in the limbs, changes in speech and gait, as well as unsteadiness and falls.
   “I cannot go outside without accompanying persons. Because there is stiffness when walking or it happens that I stop in the middle of the road and I can’t take a step further. Once I called myself a taxi and the car arrived, but I couldn’t leave the house, my legs did’t go and that’s it. The taxi driver had to wait for me for 20 minutes until this state was released. I am waiting for the results after the final connection of this device to me, ”said patient Natalia Melikhova.
According to the neurologist of the Department of Vascular and Functional Neurosurgery, Dr. Seytzhan Aidarov, the patient underwent stereotaxic bilateral implantation of deep electrodes in the subthalamic nuclei. In other words, tiny electrodes were implanted into the patient's head, which deeply stimulate the work of brain cells affected by the disease. Impulses go directly to the damaged parts of the brain and accelerate their activity, which allows removing the symptoms of Parkinson's disease and slow down its course.
   “There are clear indications and contraindications for such an operation. This also applies to the implantation of electrodes. When we consider that a patient needs surgery, our multidisciplinary team conducts various examinations of the patient's condition, testing the patient on different scales. Such studies determine whether this method of treatment is indicated for the patient or not,” explained Dr. Nurtai Nurakai, the neurosurgeon who performed a surgery.
The operation was carried out within the framework of the state social insurance.

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