Calligraaf finds a cure for Parkinson’s disease with a brain battery

For the past 10 years, Assist. associate Dr. Hüseyin Öksüz was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease 7 years ago. The symptoms of the disease increased over time and he was unable to eat, wear his clothes and turn over in bed. He began to have difficulty realizing his greatest passion, the art of calligraphy. He could not complete his works as quickly as he wished because of the slowness and stiffness in his movements due to illness. Neurosurgical therapy became a new hope in Öksüz’s life. associate Dr. He regained his health after the surgery performed by Ali Zırh.


Calligrapher Hüseyin Öksüz said about his illness: “7 years ago I realized that something was wrong, but I didn’t understand it. The delay in my movements was also noticed by other teachers and my students at school. Now I knew I had to see a doctor. When I found out I had Parkinson’s, I wanted to end my school life, because I thought I wouldn’t be enough for my students, but I didn’t. Calligraphy has been a big part of my life. I didn’t want this job, which I’ve been doing with passion for years, to end because of Parkinson’s. I worked hard and cried a lot on the job, but I never gave up. We shortened my class hours, and with the support of school administrators and students, I tried to get through this process. I didn’t stop working until the day before surgery. The reason for this was that I did not accept the disease and trusted my doctor Ali Zırh. My trust was not in vain, I thank him very much”.


Brain and Nerve Surgery Specialist Assoc. Dr. Ali Zırh said: “Parkinson’s disease is a disease that occurs with the decrease of the substance called “dopamine” in the brain. Symptoms of Parkinson’s include “counting money,” trembling in the hands, slowing down in movements, failure of the arms to participate in body swinging and walking, clinging to the body, darkening of the gaze, and a facial condition that may become expressed as a “mask face” with a decrease in facial expressions, walking with small steps and leaning forward. The first option in this disease is mainly drug therapy. In cases where drug therapy is insufficient or serious side effects of drugs are experienced, the surgical method, the brain pacemaker, comes to the fore. We perform brain battery implant surgeries while our patients are awake, talking and in conversation. We can describe this treatment as ‘turning back the clock on the disease,'” he said.


On the issue of age in brain battery treatment, Dr. Armor continued:

“In some cases, surgery cannot be recommended for a young patient and we can find an older patient who is suitable for surgery. In short, age alone is not a criterion; Many criteria, such as the patient’s response to the drug, mental status, and the anatomical structure of the brain, determine the decision for surgery. Our 79-year-old esteemed calligrapher Hüseyin Bey was one of our patients. We are very happy that he can continue his life where he left off and perform his art with the treatment of a brain battery.”

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