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Acta Neurochir Suppl. 2007;97(Pt 2):163-70.

Technical aspects and considerations of deep brain stimulation surgery for movement disorders.

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Department of Neurosurgery, University of Athens Medical School, Evangelismos Hospital, Athens, Greece.


Deep brain stimulation (DBS) represents one of the more recent advancements in Neurosurgery. Even though its most successful applications evolved in movement disorders (MDs), indications now include pain, psychiatric disorders, epilepsy, cluster headaches and Tourette syndrome. As this type of surgery gains popularity and the indications for DBS surgery increase, so it will certainly increase the number of neurosurgeons who will use this neuromodulatory technique. A detailed description of the technical aspects of the DBS procedure, as it is performed in our department, is presented. In our opinion, our method is a good combination of all the well-established necessary techniques in a cost-effective way. This technical article may be helpful to neurosurgeons considering to start performing this type of surgery. It could also prompt others who perform DBS regularly to express their views, and hence, lead to further refinement of this demanding procedure.

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