Deep Brain Stimulation
Deep brain stimulation is a surgical procedure where a patient has an electrode inserted into a part of their brain (area dependant on condition) and a stimulator in their chest. It is a non-medicated way to treat seizures by blocking damaging signals to the brain via the electrode activated by the brain stimulator.
Pioneering research at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in Queen’s Square, London, has enabled treatment to patients of certain neurological conditions.
Brain Research Trust helped to fund the introduction of deep brain stimulation at the hospital at Queen’s Square, London where neurologist Manjit Matharu and neurosurgeon Ludvic Zrinzo (above) specialise in the procedure and have introduced it for cluster headaches.
"We’re excited to use DBS to help cluster headaches", Mr Matharu and Mr Zrinzo stated. “With this excruciating condition, you cannot underestimate the impact they have on the lives of sufferers and their families. If we can help them in any way it’s immensely rewarding”.