Saturday, March 12, 2016

Deep brain stimulation: A revolutionary treatment made affordable in India

What is Deep brain stimulation (DBS)? 
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a surgical procedure whereby an implant or a pacemaker-like device called neuro-stimulator is implanted in the brain. The device sends electrical signals to the brain areas responsible for body movement to help regulate their activity 
Deep Brain Stimulation
Electrodes are placed deep in the brain (location depends upon the patient symptoms) and are connected to a stimulator/battery device. The device is implanted under the skin of the chest, below the collar bone. On activation, the device sends continuous electrical pulses to the target areas in the brain, blocking the faulty impulses that cause tremors. Patient can control the on and off of stimulator by handheld special magnets and other devices. The life of the device depends upon its usage and can be replaced by a very easy procedure.  
Deep brain stimulation is used to treat a number of neurological conditions, such as:
  • Essential tremor
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Dystonia
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder

Who  performs DBS surgery? 
DBS surgery is performed by a neurosurgeon with specialized training in functional neurosurgery. A team including a neurologist, neuropsychologist, neurosurgeon, neuroradiologist, physiotherapist and dietary specialist is required to take care of all the aspects of the procedure.

Benefits of DBS 
Although DBS won't cure the disease completely, it definitely helps improve the following symptoms:  
Tremor and slowness of movement
Joint stiffness
Walking problems caused by movement disorders
Medication intake
Improves overall quality of life

The success of DBS is related to appropriate selection of patient and brain area for stimulation. It is also important to precisely position the electrodes during surgery to give maximum benefit to the patient. So surgery needs to be performed by an experienced neurosurgeon with specialized training in functional neurosurgery. 
Why choose to undergo Deep brain stimulation in India? 
India offers the most affordable DBS surgery and following advantages: 
Surgical Team: It is a complex procedure and a team of specialists including a neurologist, neuropsychologist, neurosurgeon, neuroradiologist, physiotherapist and dietary specialists should be part of the consultation team. Neurosurgery hospitals in India have highly skilled team of medical professionals who are specialized in functional neurosurgery to properly treat the patient.
Hospital infrastructure: Indian hospitals or medical center offers a full range of treatment options including medication, surgery, and rehabilitation (physical, exercise, voice, balance) for patients undergoing DBS surgery.
DBS surgery cost in India: The cost of DBS surgery in India is much less as compared to what it costs in the US or any other country. This is because of highly favorable exchange rate. 1 USD=65 Indian rupees and 1 GBP= 100 Indian rupees, which makes DBS surgery in India much affordable for patients from UK, US and even various other countries.
Patient education about DBS surgery: Patient is educated about the procedure and asked to clear all their surgery related doubts before opting to go for it.  

How to get an affordable Deep brain stimulation Surgery in India?  
The best option to get affordable DBS surgery with best neurosurgeons at top hospitals in India is to choose a medical tourism company who will make getting DBS surgery in India a lot easier and convenient. They will help you choose the best neurosurgeon, help you with paperwork, negotiate the cost for you, help you get the medical visa, receive you at the airport and make sure you get the best services.  
With IndiCure you can be assured of being treated by the best neurosurgeons of India. For assistance in planning a deep brain stimulation in India, call us at +1-877-270-2448(US Toll-free) or +91 93200 36777. You may alternatively write to info@indicure.com or talk on Skype @ Indicure.