Type of Surgery
Last updated: 02/17/2009
Among the best surgeons, the risk of serious morbidity or mortality is 1â€“2%. Hemorrhage may occur in 2â€“6%, visual field deficits in 0â€“6%, and weakness in 2â€“8%. Most patients gain weight after surgery.
Pallidotomy is a procedure where a tiny electrical probe is placed in the globus pallidus (one of the basal ganglia of the brain), which is then heated to 80 degrees celsius for 60 s, to destroy a small area of brain cells. Pallidotomy is used to treat dyskinesias in patients with Parkinson's disease.
Select comparative data from 1999 to 2006 include a decrease of 14 percent in the number of neurosurgeons in private practice and a decrease of 13 percent in the number of neurosurgeons in solo practice.
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