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Robotic assistance improves recovery and recovery in patients undergoing brain surgery for epilepsy. University of Utah Health

Robotic assistance improves recovery and recovery in patients undergoing brain surgery for epilepsy.  University of Utah Health

Robotic assistance improves recovery and recovery in patients undergoing brain surgery for epilepsy. University of Utah Health

Surgical treatment of epilepsy can be a time-consuming and potentially uncomfortable process for patients.

Robotic assistance improves recovery and recovery in patients undergoing brain surgery for epilepsy.  University of Utah Health

But now with the help of robotic technology, neurosurgeons University of Utah Health are able to pinpoint the source of seizures in a minimally invasive manner, helping patients recover and return to normal life more quickly. Offering the benefits of robotic accuracy and safety in what are often lengthy cranial procedures can be a game-changer for patients and surgeons alike, increasing operative efficiency and accuracy.

When medications fail to control seizures, and physicians have difficulty determining which area of ​​the brain the seizures originate from, recently adopted techniques such as stereoencephalography (SEEG) offer a minimally invasive alternative. which avoids open surgery. Depending on the number of electrodes required, this process can still be time-consuming.

Robotized Operating Surgical Assistant (ROSA), allows surgeons to perform the same procedure in half or less time.

“We are excited to have access to this technology for our patients as robotic assistance improves operative efficiency and reduces the potential for human error.” Sherwin Rahimpur, MD, assistant professor of neurological surgery. he and the neurosurgeon Ben Showty, MD, PhDAnd Robert Bolo, MDSpecialist in Robotic Assisted Neurosurgery.

This pioneering device combines mapping software such as GPS with a robotic arm, giving surgeons fast and efficient access to surgical trajectories.

Neurosurgeons can use these tools to identify seizures, pinpoint exactly where they begin, and provide personalized treatment. Rosa’s robotic arm mimics the motion of a human arm, allowing for exceptional dexterity and flexibility.

“Using ROSA for electrode placement is an important step towards safer and less invasive surgery to localize seizure onset areas,” Rahimpur said. “Being able to perform these surgeries through smaller openings, as opposed to larger craniotomies, has improved patient comfort without compromising results.”

Sherwin Rahimpur, MD

For surgeons, this means it is possible to be able to perform seizure mapping surgery precisely and with more flexibility than traditional techniques. For patients, this can mean a safer procedure, with faster recovery times and shorter hospital stays.

The induction of this new technology comes after more than a decade of the program as a national leader in the field of navigation-based precision brain and spine surgery. As a Level 4 Comprehensive Epilepsy CenterU of You Health is positioned to identify the best treatments for people whose epilepsy does not respond to medications.

“We treat a variety of malformations that require neuromodulation and this involves the placement of electrodes in the brain with high precision.” Rahimpur said.

Department of Neurosurgery at U of U Health Also uses robotic assistance for other cranial procedures including deep brain stimulation, reactive neurostimulation, biopsy and laser interstitial thermal therapy to treat epilepsy and tumors.

Photo: Sherwin Rahimpur, MD



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