associate Dr. Bekir Enes Demiryürek made statements about the preferred brain pacemaker treatment in Parkinson’s disease. Defining Parkinson’s Disease, Assoc. Dr Demiryürek said: “Parkinson’s disease is a slowly progressing movement disorder more common in men than women, progressing with loss of brain cells. Symptoms of the disease can be defined as tremors in muscles (stiffness), slowness in movements (bradykinesia and gait disorders. Usually beginning after age 65. About 10 percent of Parkinson’s disease is hereditary, and genetic diseases can often appear at a young age.
“Brain Pacemaker May Improve Patient Quality of Life in Appropriate and Selected Parkinson’s Patients”
Talking about the preferred treatment methods in Parkinson’s disease, Assoc. Dr Demiryürek said: “Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disease and can be controlled with medication for the first 5 years, but in advanced stages patients require device-assisted treatment due to side effects such as frostbite, involuntary movements and delays due to drugs. and the disease itself. Subcutaneous needle therapy, pump inserted into the small intestine. Treatment and brain stimulation can improve the patient’s quality of life in appropriate and selected Parkinson’s patients. In addition, it can also reduce drug-related side effects. application of brain stimulation can improve the reducing side effects of advanced Parkinson’s, familial tremor (essential tremor) and dystonia, which we express as involuntary contractions of the arms and legs in the neck.
“Must be assessed by a specialist doctor”
Demiryürek recalled that a brain battery may not be suitable for every patient and said: “It should be assessed by a neurologist. It is not appropriate to implant a brain battery in patients with diseases such as dementia, advanced depression or schizophrenia, and in Parkinson’s patients over the age of 80. Brain battery and other device-assisted treatments disease It does not stop it completely, but it increases the patient’s quality of life and comfort.
“Operation takes 3-4 hours”
Claiming that brain stimulation surgery is a detailed operation, Assoc. Dr Demiryurek said:
“After evaluation of the patient by doctors of neurology, psychiatry and neurosurgery, it is decided whether the patient is suitable for neurosurgical treatment. During the operation, the patient is awake and a frame is attached to his head and the targets in the brain are placed in calculated in detail.The patient’s consciousness is clear, and the doctor can monitor the patient in this way.This positively affects the success of the operation.After the operation, the patient is about 2-3 days and so on.The recovery period lasts approximately 1 week to 10 days. The patient with a brain pacemaker is placed in a short time. They can resume their normal life activities. Batteries are divided into two as charged and non-rechargeable batteries. The lifespan of non-rechargeable batteries is expected to average 5 years for Parkinson’s patients and 2-3 years for patients with involuntary contractions (dystonia), after which they can be replaced by a simple surgical procedure. The average lifespan of rechargeable batteries is 15 years. Patients need to charge their batteries on average every 4-5 days, just like a mobile phone.
‘Things to watch out for people with a brain battery’
Drawing attention to the situations that brain battery patients should be aware of, Assoc. Dr. Demiryürek said: “The drugs used by the patients after the implantation of a brain battery are usually reduced, but it is not possible to stop it completely. The patients do not need any restrictions in their diet in their daily life. With the developing technology in recent years, there is no barrier for brain battery patients to undergo MRI or X-ray machines.