Cosmetic Posterior Implant of Internal Pulse Generators in Deep Brain Stimulation Procedures: Technical Report.

Neuromodulation

PubMedID: 24528856

Messina G, Rizzi M, Dones I, Franzini A. Cosmetic Posterior Implant of Internal Pulse Generators in Deep Brain Stimulation Procedures: Technical Report. Neuromodulation. 2014;17(8):729-30.
OBJECTIVE
The study aims to describe a novel cosmetic implantation technique of internal pulse generators (IPGs) for deep brain stimulation (DBS) electrodes.

MATERIALS AND METHODS
Thirty Parkinson patients during the interval 2001 to 2012 underwent posterior (cervical, dorsal, and lateral subcostal ) subcutaneous implantation of DBS connection cables and IPGs in the prone position.

RESULTS
No surgical complications occurred in any of the patients who underwent this procedure; all of the patients reported a high level of satisfaction with the cosmetic results due to the excellent concealment of the implanted devices.

CONCLUSIONS
Although this procedure is a little more time consuming compared with the conventional procedure, it is safe and leads to very good cosmetic results in DBS patients, which has significant benefits from the standpoint of social and work activities.