Type of Surgery

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Last updated: 02/17/2009

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Jahanshahi, M., and C. D. Marsden. Parkinson's Disease: ASelf-Help Guide. New York: Demos Medical Press, 2000.

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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.


From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pallidotomy

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The total number of neurosurgeries performed in 2006 was estimated at 2,171,195. Of these, 1,345,167 spine-related were performed, equating to nearly 62 percent of the total.


From: AANS

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