Cleve­land Clinic doc­tors per­form ground­break­ing stroke surgery

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The Cleve­land Clinic has per­formed what it calls the “first deep brain stim­u­la­tion surgery for stroke re­cov­ery,” which it says is part of an on­go­ing clin­i­cal trial as­sess­ing the pro­ce­dure’s po­ten­tial to im­prove move­ment in pa­tients re­cov­er­ing from a stroke.

Dur­ing the six-hour pro­ce­dure, the clinic said, “elec­trodes were im­planted in a part of the pa­tient’s brain called the cere­bel­lum, which has ex­ten­sive con­nec­tions with the cere­bral cor­tex.” Deep brain stim­u­la­tion elec­trodes, con­nected to a pace­maker, “pro­vide small elec­tric pulses as a way to help peo­ple re­cover con­trol of their move­ments,” the clinic said in the re­lease.

Dr. An­dre Machado, who led the team per­form­ing the surgery, said that if the re­search suc­ceeds, “it is a new hope for pa­tients that have suf­fered a stroke and have re­mained par­a­lyzed after a stroke. It is an op­por­tu­nity to al­low our pa­tients to re­ha­bil­i­tate and gain func­tion and there­fore gain in­de­pen­dence.”

The clinic said the pa­tient has been “dis­charged home feel­ing well and in sta­ble con­di­tion.” Over the next few weeks, the pa­tient will con­tinue to heal and re­cover from the brain surgery, and then will take part in phys­i­cal ther­apy, the clinic said. After a few weeks of re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, the deep brain stim­u­la­tion de­vice will be turned on, and the pa­tient “will be mon­i­tored and eval­u­ated reg­u­larly to de­ter­mine how DBS can boost the ef­fects of phys­i­cal ther­apy,” ac­cord­ing to the clinic.

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