HIGH INTENSITY FOCUSED ULTRASOUND FOR TREATING ESSENTIAL TREMOR AND PARKINSON'S TREMOR WITHOUT SURGERY
IN 24 HOURS
THE MOST PRECISE COMBINATION: SIEMENS 3 TESLAS MAGNETIC RESONANCIA AND HIFU
LThe high intensity ultrasounds are applied using guidance from magnetic resonance images that enable the treatment to be monitored, including thermal tracking during the procedure.
This technique can be applied to patients with essential tremor and tremors that appear in Parkinson's disease. Patients whose alternative treatment is deep brain stimulation surgery, can now avoid the surgical process with this new treatment. The patient should be evaluated in consultation with a neurologist to establish if they are a candidate for this treatment or not.
Generally speaking, the persons who may be candidates are:
- Patients whose tremor does not respond to drug treatment.
- Patients who, because of their state of health, age, etc., are not candidates for surgery.
Just like a magnifying glass that gathers the sun's rays to concentrate the heat into one point. That's how the HIFU equipment works. A technology that captures the heat of thousands of ultrasound beams and concentrates them onto a target: the group of neurons involved in the tremor.
It is a non-invasive procedure that does not need to be carried out in the operating theater, it can be done in the magnetic resonance examination room. There the patient is awake and the only things placed on the patient are a stereotactic frame and a plastic membrane containing water to cool and not damage the skin.
After locating the surgical target in the resonance, the neurosurgeon start to apply the ultrasounds, which gradually increase in intensity.
The temblor is immediately eliminated, which the patient shall permanently benefit from in just one session.
The patient is discharged within 24 hours. Since it is a non-invasive procedure, no admission is required prior to the intervention. After the procedure, the patient stays for one night in the Clínica for the final checks before being discharged.
The patient returns for a check up one month later and from then on the specialists will decide on the monitoring to be applied.
OBJECTIVE: CONCENTRATE THE HEAT IN A SINGLE POINT
As if it were a magnifying glass in which the sun's rays converge, focused high-intensity ultrasound manages to hit the target of the group of neurons involved in the tremor.
TO TREAT THE ILLNESS
Expert neurologists, neurosurgeons and radiologists work together as a multidisciplinary team to evaluate each case and offer the best solution for the patient.
Dra. Mª Cruz Rodríguez Oroz
Director of Neurology Department
ESPECIALIST IN NEUROLOGY
Dr. Jorge Guridi Legarra
Director of Neurosurgery Department
SPECIALIST IN NEUROSURGERY
Dr. Pablo Domínguez Echávarri
SPECIALIST IN RADIOLOGY
Dra. Icíar Avilés Olmos
SPECIALIST IN NEUROLOGY
RECOVER QUALITY OF LIFE
In 24 hours patients recover autonomy in their life, they can manage by themselves and not feel dependent in their daily activities.
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