Woman undergoes Deep Brain Stimulation at Prashanth Hospital
CHENNAI: A complex Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) procedure was performed on a 47-year-old woman at Prashanth Hospital as she was suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
Patients with various neurological and psychiatric conditions undergo this safe procedure where their condition keeps improving over a period. This rare procedure, which involves precise placement of micro-electrodes, in target areas of the brain, can be done to treat carefully selected patients, with Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, essential tremors and other neurological and some psychiatric conditions.
Commenting on the procedure, Dr Vigneshwar Ravisankar, Clinical for Neurosciences, Prashanth Hospitals, Kolathur explained, “The 47-year-old patient had come all the way to our facility in Chennai with a hope to recover from this disabling condition. She was assessed and found to be a candidate for DBS. This procedure targets specific neuronal networks to modulate their function to treat a wide range of complex neurological and psychiatric disorders. We are pleased that the patient has shown significant improvement and is pleased with the preliminary results. Further programming will allow for excellent results that are customized to this individual. It’s just the beginning of a better life for her.”
Dr Prashanth Krishna, Director, Prashanth Hospitals, further added that though we had previously performed a couple of DBS procedures, this unique feat was a very complex procedure due to the patient’s severe OCD complication.