Stimulating brains

Have you heard of deep brain stimulation? DBS, for those in the know? If not, or even if so, prepare to have your eyes opened this afternoon with a live webcast of a demonstration of this technique by Vanderbilt neurosurgeons and neurologists.

The DBS technique to be demonstrated today involves the implantation of a “neuro-stimulator to treat movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor and dystonia.” It also has applications for severe depression and other disorders. Watch a fascinating before and after video of a 12-year old who suffered from hyperkinetic dystonia (essentially contstant seizures) and was treated with DBS on Exploration.

Tune in to OR Live at 4 p.m. CST today to watch the live webcast and learn more about this groundbreaking technique.

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