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 an 11 percent increase in the number of neurosurgeons with full-time academic appointments and a 6 percent increase in the number of female neurosurgeons.
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