Indian doctors evolve new surgical technique to treat severe drug resistant epilepsy

  • Posted on: 18 May 2015
  • By: Shalini.Sharma

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Doctors at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, have developed a novel technique of minimally invasive surgery to perform a complete unilateral hemispheric disconnection of the brain. This procedure is sometimes required for patients especially children who have severe drug resistant epilepsy.

The technique was developed by Prof. P. Sarat Chandra, a Neurosurgery Professor at AIIMS. According to him, hemispherotomy is a complex surgical procedure, which involves a large cranial incision, followed a major surgery where an entire affected hemisphere is either removed or disconnected from the healthier opposite side. This technique is usually performed in young children who find it difficult to tolerate large openings and blood loss.

The technique allows the entire procedure to be performed with the use of endoscope through an incision just of size 4X3 cm.

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