Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson’s Disease

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Deep Brain Stimulation
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As a neurosurgeon at Cleveland Clinic Florida, Dr. Badih Adada undertakes skull base and vascular procedures. Dr. Badih Adada also draws on his extensive experience to train neurosurgeons around the globe in deep brain stimulation, a practice that aids patients with movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease.

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is used to treat Parkinson’s by addressing symptoms such as rigidity, stiffness, tremors, and difficulty walking. Unlike other, more dated procedures, DBS does not destroy targeted brain cells nor damage healthy brain tissue; instead, it effectively blocks electrical signals being sent from specific areas in the brain, primarily the thalamus, subthalamic nucleus, and globus pallidus.

DBS is most commonly performed on patients who were diagnosed at least four years prior, and who continue to experience motor function issues despite positive results from medication. The latter is a factor because the surgery seems to best treat symptoms that respond to medication, and is less effective for symptoms that do not. DBS is also not ideal for patients who have developed dementia–a common accompaniment to Parkinson’s–as it can exacerbate this condition.

The Causes of Brain Aneurysms

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Brain Aneurysms
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Practicing in Weston, Florida, Dr. Badih Adada has performed approximately 4000 neurosurgical procedures in the past 15 years. As a practitioner with the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Badih Adada has undertaken numerous treatments for conditions such as brain aneurysms and achieved a track record of minimal complications.

Brain aneurysms occur at the junctions of the arteries that supply blood to the brain. Aneurysms involve bulging spots that emerge on the brain artery wall over a period of time as wear and tear occur. The pressure involved can ultimately cause a rupture in the vein, with blood escaping and filling the space surrounding the brain.

In many cases, brain aneurysms are completely asymptomatic, which makes them difficult to predict. More than 80 percent of aneurysms are saccular and involve a berry-shaped sac forming at the artery bifurcation.

Ruptures are rare events, with bleeding causing sudden illness and potential disability and mortality. Those who survive ruptures, often through prompt medical treatment, face a challenging, protracted healing period.