Research Team Uses Deep Brain Stimulation

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New technology allows patients to sleep through difficult neurosurgical procedures. North Jersey Brain and Spine Center treats Parkinson’s and other movement disorders.

‘We have the movement disorder neurologist and the neurosurgeon in the same office,’ says Dr Fiona Gupta, head of the movement disorder program at Hackensack University M.C. ‘We are the only the only practice in Northern New Jersey that does this.’

During the 2013 International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Dr Philip Starr and Dr Jill Ostrem presented data from treatment of six patients with pediatric primary dystonia. The patients were treated with ClearPoint technology. This system allowed the children to sleep through long and stressful surgeries.

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery is used to reduce symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. ClearPoint has been a major advancement in neurosurgery. Until recently, patients would remain awake during the treatment. By giving the option of sleeping through surgery, it allows a wider umbrella of patients being able to receive DBS surgery.

Surgery could cause such high amounts of stress that patients would refuse surgery. Previously, Parkinson’s patients would need to stop medication before having DBS surgery. This was too discomforting and painful for some patients. With ClearPoint, that is not an issue.

ClearPoint is a system that uses magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) give surgeons a clear image of the brain which allows them to more accurately perform their surgery. The study performed on the six pediatrics showed that the surgery was performed in less time and with higher accuracy while using ClearPoint. After 12 months of follow ups, the patients’ movement scores improved with an average of 12%.

North Jersey Brain and Spine Center is the largest neurosurgical group practice in Bergen County, NJ. Their neurosurgeons use ClearPoint to treat patients with movement disorders such as dystonia and Parkinson’s.

North Jersey Brain and Spine Center has privileges in four major hospitals to treat patients with brain and spine disorders, and treat patients through DBS at the Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey. The main facility is used for physical therapy and rehabilitation. They offer intensive management in brain and spine injuries by incorporating the most current neurosurgical technology.

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