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Neurol India. 2000 Mar;48(1):1-7.

Stereotactic surgery in India: the past, present and the future.

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  • 1Dr. A.L. Neurosurgical Centre, VHS Medical Centre, Madras, 600118, India.


The achievements of Indian neurosurgeons in different fields of stereotactic surgery over the past decades have been discussed. This covers diverse areas like Parkinson's disease, abnormal movements, cerebral palsy, spasticity, pain relief, and sedative and functional neurosurgery. Recently, technological advances have made stereotactic surgery useful in many fields like deep biopsies, minimally invasive surgery and radiosurgery. Apart from these areas, there is still a big scope for revival of surgery on deep structures of the brain, as was practised earlier. This will lead to newer knowledge about brain function and also give relief to many patients. The future is bright, provided Indian neurosurgeons show a paradigm shift in their thinking and bring out new ideas. Interaction with other scientific disciplines is necessary in the future if new knowledge has to be added or new techniques have to be devised.

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