Dr. Sameer Sheth and Dr. Guy McKhann have published a new piece of research to determine the safest and most effective surgery for patients who suffer from the most severe, resistant cases of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
Dr. Sheth is one of the few neurosurgeons in the country who specializes in the surgical treatment for debilitating OCD. Dr. McKhann is one of the top experts in the field of stereotactic radiosurgery (Gamma Knife).
Both cingulotomy and capsulotomy are surgeries that involve using a laser or Gamma Knife to send a precisely focused burst of energy to an area of the brain thought to be involved in causing the symptoms of OCD. Each type of surgery targets a different area.
After reviewing cases of patients of both types of surgeries, Dr. Sheth and Dr. McKhann found that both types appear equally safe and effective. But, they say, more reviews will need to be done in the future, since the number of people who undergo these procedures is relatively small.
Often obsessive-compulsive disorder can be managed through therapy and medication. Surgery is only considered when those treatments have failed to bring relief and when symptoms are severe.
You can read an abstract of this study here.
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