First IG robotic neurosurgery in Hungary

Within the frames of the National Brain Research Program 2.0, the first robot-assisted brain surgery was performed in Hungary April 20. The ROSA, a high-end neurosurgical robot was used to ease the symptoms of Parkinson's disease of a 70-year-old patient at the National Clinical Neural Institution (OKITI). The operation was carried out by Lóránt Erőss neurosurgeon, head of the Department of Functional Neurosurgery at OKITI. The symptoms of the patient have disappeared during surgery, and is still well.

 One of the most up-to-date treatments for Parkinson's disease is so-called deep brain stimulation (DBS), when electrodes are implanted in the patient's brain. They act as brain pacemakers that continually stimulate certain areas of the brain, thereby restoring or improving the malfunction of the neurons involved in the movement disorder. 

The ROSA robot is somewhat a programmable, automated targeting device that connects the 3D brain model of the surgical plan (built on the preoperative images) and the real brain of the patient in the operating room after registration. The benefits of using ROSA are perhaps best illustrated by the fact that in the case of an epileptic surgery - when 15-20 electrodes are implanted for diagnostic purposes - the duration of intervention (compared to the classical stereotactic method) may be reduced from10-12 hours 3 hours. For Parkinson's surgery, the robot's 0.6 millimeter targeting accuracy is a great advantage as the target in the deep brain is the back third of a 3×6 millimeter core.

Source: NAP2.0, HVG,, 


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