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.
More than 60 percent of procedures neurosurgeons perform are spine-related, according to the National Neurosurgical Procedural Statistics 2006 Survey from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS).
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