Since 2015, the High Complexity Hospital "President Juan Domingo Perón" carries out functional surgery for Parkinson's disease. Since the, many patients from the province and the region were able to access this complex surgical intervention, although the disease does not have a cure, but it improves or go back the symptoms giving back a better quality of life.
These neurosurgeries for Parkinson's disease are included in the offer of functional neurosurgery services (pain, spasticity, epilepsy and abnormal movements) of the Neurosciences Department at the HAC. They are carried out by specialists of the institution, in coordination with national and international reference physicians, as well as neurosurgeons, neurologists, electro-neurophysiologists, neuropsychiatrists and engineers, who work as an interdisciplinary team.
They are performed with high precision techniques supported by sophisticated diagnostic imaging equipment and neural recording techniques that allow the identification of deep anatomical structures of the brain, such as the pale nucleus, the subthalamic nucleus of Luys, and the ventral intermediate nucleus of the thalamus, which is of vital importance for the symptomatic treatment of these diseases.
It should be noted that this surgical intervention is carried out on patients who meet strict criteria evaluated by the healthcare professional.
In these benefits not only the unilateral but also bilateral approach are performed. Last year, 6 new surgeries were carried out, three of them were bilateral treatments, that is, a second intervention to patients who have already undergone surgery with excellent results, continuing with the relevant controls.
Parkinson's disease is a progressive degenerative neurological disorder, secondary to the degeneration of cells that use dopamine (a neurotransmitter) from a sector of the deep brain called basal nuclei and more specifically the nigrostriatal pathway, its two main symptoms are slowness and trembling.
The HAC through the Neurology Service offers a comprehensive treatment of the pathology. Currently, several patients are under monitoring both in the disease and in rehabilitation, having some next candidates for surgeries.
The Hospital Administrator, Dr. Marcelo Prochasko, made reference to surgery for Parkinson's disease. "It is a privilege for us to be able to carry out this type of surgical interventions, like so many others that we performe at this hospital, where 95% of the pathologies are solved in the province. This became possible thanks to the inclusive health policies that are being carried out through the Ministry of Human Development and the provincial government", he said.
Finally, he added that "we want the entire community to know that the institution has professionals and technological equipment to help people and families who are suffering from this disease. There are very few hospitals that have these advances, we are the only ones in the province that perform these surgical interventions and that is a source of pride for us".