India’s, and Asia’s, first Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) implant using medical robot technology was conducted by Dr. Ashok Pillai, Dept. of Neurosurgery at Amrita Hospital, allowing a young patient of Parkinson’s to lead a near-normal life. This technology enables minimally invasive surgery of the central nervous system with a level of precision not possible by human hand.
DBS is a neurosurgical procedure that was first introduced in the US in 1987. It involves the implantation of a neuro-stimulator (‘brain pacemaker’) in the patient’s body which, through wires connected to the head, sends electrical impulses to specific areas of the brain.
Zubair was just 35 years old when the symptoms of Parkinson’s first came to light. As the years progressed, his fits became more violent. Life as he and his family knew it had turned upside down, plagued with debt and depression.
The surgery was conducted by the hospital free of charge considering the financial situation of the patient, Zubair, a 45-year-old auto-rickshaw driver.