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Thieme Publishers New York
Functional Neurosurgery: The Essentials

Functional Neurosurgery: The Essentials

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Functional neurosurgery resource features state-of-the-art approaches from renowned experts!

For patients with inadequately treated epilepsy, tremor, dystonia, spasticity, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease, functional neurosurgery offers hope. Functional Neurosurgery: The Essentials is a reader-friendly introduction to this fascinating and rapidly evolving field. The text is edited by internationally prominent functional neurosurgeons Jeffrey A. Brown, Julie G. Pilitsis, and Michael Schulder. It features contributions from authors with expertise spanning the disciplines of neurosurgery, neurology, rehabilitation and physical medicine, neurophysiology, bioengineering, psychiatry and ophthalmology.

Opening with a brief history of stereotaxy/functional neurosurgery and brain stereotactic frames, 41 concise and coherent chapters explore cutting-edge approaches to a broad range of functionally treatable conditions. The chapters yield a solid foundation of understanding of the field, with insightful commentary, pearls, and nuances from the editors. The starting question in the neuroprosthetics chapter, "Can a computer infer human intention or perception?" brings to life the exciting, inquisitive, and pioneering spirit of this subspecialty. The robust reference list provides a guide to deeper study that should continue throughout training and practice.


  • Imaging: MRI and CT for stereotactic neurosurgery, fMRI and resting state MRI
  • Movement disorders: A comparative analysis of the risks and benefits of deep brain stimulation versus lesioning
  • Epilepsy: Temporal lobectomy and extra-temporal surgery; invasive monitoring, neuromodulation, laser interstitial thermal therapy, and vagus nerve stimulation
  • Dystonia: Etiology to diagnosis, medical and surgical options
  • Future innovations: Exoskeletons, intention controlled, and visual neuroprosthetics

The text is a fundamental resource for neurosurgical residents during their functional neurosurgery rotations and for general neurosurgeons and functional subspecialists on procedures they may not routinely perform in clinical practice.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626237742
Publisher: Thieme Publishers New York
Publication date: 09/17/2019
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 11.02(w) x 8.48(h) x (d)

About the Author

Jeffrey Brown is the author of numerous graphic novels and comics, including Cat Getting Out of a Bag and Cats Are Weird. A lifelong Star Wars fan, he lives in Chicago with his wife and five-year-old son.

Table of Contents

1 History of Innovation in Stereotaxy/Functional Neurosurgery
2 A Brief History of Brain Stereotactic Frames
3 Frameless Navigation
4 MRI and CT Imaging with Stereotactic Neurosurgery
5 Functional Neuroimaging II: fMRI and Resting State MRI
6 Functional Neuroimging II
7 Intraoperative CT Imaging
8 Microelectrode Recordings in Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery for Movement Disorders
9 Cortical and Subcortical Mapping
10 Parkinson Disease–Evaluation and Medical Treatment
11 Surgery for Parkinson's Disease
12 Essential Tremor: Evaluation, Imaging and Medical Treatment
13 Surgery for Essential Tremor
14 Dystonia: Evaluation, Imaging and Medical Treatment
15 Surgical Treatment of Dystonia
16 Deep Brain Stimulation for Rare Movement Disorders
17 Lesioning versus Deep Brain Stimulation for Movement Disorders
18 Spasticity: Evaluation, Medical and Preoperative Considerations
19 Surgery for Spasticity: Rhizotomy and Intrathecal Therapy
20 Epilepsy: Preoperative Evaluation, EEG and Imaging
21 Epilepsy: Temporal Lobectomy with Invasive Monitoring
22 Epilepsy: Extra-Temporal Surgery with Invasive Monitoring
23 Neuromodulation in Epilepsy
24 Laser Interstitial Thermal Therapy for Epilepsy
25 Vagus Nerve Stimulation for Epilepsy
26 Neuroethics Essentials in Functional Neurosurgery for Neurobehavioral Disorders
27 Depression
28 Functional Neurosurgery for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
29 Neurosurgery Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa
30 Anterior Capsulotomy for Treatment of Refractory Schizophrenia
31 Alzheimer's Disease: Epidemiology, Pathophysiology and Surgery
32 Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
33 Principles of Chronic Nociceptive and Neuropathic Pain
34 Neuromodulation for Neuropathic Pain
35 Spinal Cord Stimulation Using High Frequency and Burst Waveform Variation
36 Ablative Procedures for Trigeminal Neuralgia
37 Principles of Trigeminal Neuralgia
38 Intraoperative Neurophysiologic Monitoring during Microvascular Decompression for Trigeminal Neuralgia
39 Neuroprosthetics
40 Exoskeletons
41 Visual Prostheses

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