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.
- deep brain stimulation
- internal pulse generator
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
- Clinical Neurology