The brain device inserted in the 69-year-old Parkinson's Disease patient to control his debilitating symptoms, has a battery life of 25 years.
Advancement in medical devices and technology makes life easier for patients. The patient, M Singh from Ranchi, India, underwent deep brain stimulation (DBS). "There is already 50% reduction in his symptoms like tremors, rigidity, stiffness," said Dr Paresh Doshi, neurosurgeon, Jaslok Hospital, Mumbai, India.
DBS is a surgery where electrodes are implanted in the brain to treat psychological conditions like depression as well. But patients who opt for a rechargeable battery have complaints of waiting for 5 hours to charge their batteries.
"A 25-year-long battery would mean almost a lifetime of battery for elderly patients. It will also cut down on recurrent cost of changing the battery. It is definitely more convenient for patients," said Dr Sangeeta Rawat, neurologist, KEM Hospital.
A 12-year-old boy from Indore also has the the new DBS system implanted. He suffers from dystonia where muscles contract causing twisting and repetitive movements or abnormal postures.
"The 12-year-old had such severe contractions that his parents had to literally hold him throughout the day," said Dr Doshi. The contractions are already under control and the patient has been able to eat on his own.