The electrodes are connected to a device, known as an implantable pulse generator (IPG), which is placed under the skin of the chest. Once activated, IPG delivers continuous electrical pulses to targeted areas of the brain, effectively modulating abnormal neuronal activity and reducing the debilitating symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease.
Dr. Florian Roser, President of the Neurological Institute at the Cleveland Clinic in Abu Dhabi, said: “In the field of Parkinson’s disease treatment, the advent of deep brain stimulation represents a revolutionary ray of hope. This innovative procedure not only relieves symptoms but fundamentally transforms patients’ lives, offering new possibilities and restoring a sense of control in the face of this daunting neurological challenge. As a deep brain stimulation provider in the UAE, we pride ourselves on offering cutting-edge treatments, reaffirming our dedication to raising the standard of care for Parkinson’s patients.”
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi said its deep brain stimulation surgery offering in the UAE has “significantly reduced” the need for patients to travel abroad for specialist treatment. In fact, patients traveling from the region and beyond seek treatment at the hospital due to the availability of this technology.
The road to this achievement began three years ago, when Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi collaborated with Cleveland Clinic in the US to introduce deep brain stimulation surgery for patients in the UAE. With a multidisciplinary approach, the surgeries are led by Dr. Shivam Om Mittal, a staff physician at the Neurological Institute, who heads the Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Program, and Dr. Tanmoy K. Maiti, an associate staff physician, who also heads the Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Program. expert functional neurosurgeon at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, who completed fellowship training at Cleveland Clinic in the US along with a team of nurses, physiotherapists, speech therapists and more.
On qualifying patients for deep brain stimulation surgeries, Dr Mittal said: “The procedure is aimed at people whose Parkinson’s symptoms really affect their daily life, even though they have been prescribed the best medication. These symptoms may include tremors, stiffness, or difficulty moving that make it difficult to perform normal activities, despite taking medications as prescribed.”
He added: “In addition, to have deep brain stimulation, it is important to be physically strong enough for the surgery and to be prepared for the necessary care afterward. For those who cannot receive deep brain stimulation, there are other treatment options available, such as pump therapy, which is also routinely performed at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.”
Dr Maiti said: “Every surgery performed went smoothly, with no complications. We are delighted to share that our patients are not only happy but are also experiencing life-changing transformations. In fact, one of our patients once told me that he wishes he had done this sooner because it had changed his quality of life.”