Opting for a brain surgery could prove to be more effective than medications in treating Parkinson's disease, a new study published in the journal the Lancet Neurology reveals.
Researchers from Britain observed 366 patients who had either undergone a brain surgery or were being kept on just medications. After one year, the researchers observed that those patients who had undergone surgery were leading a far more comfortable life. Deep brain stimulation is a procedure that calls for implanting a wire, with electrodes at its tip, into one of three areas of the brain.
"The risks were no greater than what you would expect to see with any surgery. But patients need to understand the benefits and risks of this surgery so that they can make an informed decision about it", lead researcher Professor Keith Wheatley said.
The researchers, based in Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool, Oxford and London, said that patients who underwent surgery had much better outcomes than those who did not.†