Category: "Surgery"

Epilepsy, brain tumor patients to benefit from revolutionary technology at The Alfred

Epilepsy, brain tumor patients to benefit from revolutionary technology at The Alfred

In a Victorian-first, The Alfred can now use a revolutionary technology to best treat patients with epilepsy and brain tumors, thanks to the generosity of donors. Laser interstitial thermal therapy (LITT) allows our neurosurgeons to treat epilepsy and brain tumors using a minimally invasive method. It works by inserting a laser catheter into the brain and […]

My son had seizures every day, and we worried about his future. A brain implant changed his life.

My son had seizures every day, and we worried about his future. A brain implant changed his life.

Liz Bronson’s son, Teddy, has Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, a severe type of epilepsy. Teddy was the youngest person in the country to get a brain implant to help. For the first time, at the age of 6, he’s able to walk and talk. This as-told-to essay is based on a conversation with Liz Bronson. It has […]

Epilepsy patients to be offered ‘game-changing’ laser therapy in NHS rollout

Epilepsy patients to be offered ‘game-changing’ laser therapy in NHS rollout

Laser interstitial thermal therapy – LITT – targets the part of the brain causing seizures without the need for invasive surgery The NHS will roll out a “game-changing” new laser beam therapy next month to help reduce seizures for patients with epilepsy. The cutting-edge fiber optic laser therapy, known as laser interstitial thermal therapy (LITT), targets the part […]

Long-term Outcomes of Laser Ablation Therapy for Drug-Resistant Epilepsy

Long-term Outcomes of Laser Ablation Therapy for Drug-Resistant Epilepsy

NewYork-Presbyterian has long been a leader in the development of laser ablation techniques to eliminate dysfunctional or diseased brain tissue. Building on that history, Brett Youngerman, MD, a neurosurgeon at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia, is actively exploring the efficacy of laser ablation in treating drug-resistant epilepsy. “At NewYork-Presbyterian, we’re at the forefront of developing laser ablation techniques and technology, […]

New method developed for triggering and imaging seizures in epilepsy patients

New method developed for triggering and imaging seizures in epilepsy patients

Researchers have developed a new method for triggering and imaging seizures in epilepsy patients, offering physicians the ability to collect real-time data to tailor epilepsy surgery. In contrast to previous practice, where physicians from neurology and nuclear medicine had to wait for hours to days in hopes of capturing the onset of a seizure, the […]

US patient ‘happy again’ after brain implant treats epilepsy and OCD

US patient ‘happy again’ after brain implant treats epilepsy and OCD

American Amber Pearson used to wash her hands until they bled, terrified by the idea of contamination from everyday items, a debilitating result of her obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). But the repetitive rituals of her condition are largely consigned to memory, thanks to a revolutionary brain implant that is being used to treat both her […]

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