Littleton Adventist Hospital neurosurgeon leads the way in advancing Deep Brain Stimulation treatment for Parkinson’s disease

(Littleton, Colo.) – Centura Health – Littleton Adventist Hospital, home to nationally recognized neurosurgeons, made history this August by becoming the first in the world to host a surgical operation using an advanced CT imaging scanner called the OmniTom. The scanner provides higher quality images to help surgeons increase accuracy and therefore improve the potential outcome for patients who suffer from Parkinson’s disease and other neurological conditions.

On August 8, neurosurgeon Dr. David VanSickle successfully used the OmniTom during Deep Brain Stimulation surgery while using the robotic technique he previously pioneered at Littleton that allows patients to be asleep during the procedure. Traditionally DBS has been performed while a patient is awake.

DBS targets symptoms that are most commonly found in Parkinson's disease, such as tremor, rigidity, slowed movement, and gait problems. It is also used for patients who have not responded to conventional treatments, such as those suffering from dystonia and migraines.

"Littleton is the leading hospital in the Colorado area providing advanced treatment for Parkinson’s Disease, dystonia and essential tremor and is accepting patients from across the nation," Dr. VanSickle said.

Dr. VanSickle has treated diseases like these with Deep Brain Stimulation for years, but the technology in the OmniTom portable CT scanner takes accuracy to a new level. The device delivers:

  • A more detailed look inside a patient's brain with images that are twice the resolution quality as compared to a previous model of CT scanner.
  • Rapid scan time so the surgeon can view images right away.
  • An ultra-small footprint so the machine takes up less space in the operating room.

DBS involves implanting a lead (also called an electrode) in the patient's brain. The lead is then connected to a neurostimulator (battery pack) implanted under the skin near the collarbone. Impulses from the neurostimulator interfere with and block the electrical signals that trigger motion disorders or pain. DBS has been used in more than 80,000 Parkinson's patients since 1995, and it has been proven to be more effective than treatment with medication alone.

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Dr. VanSickle would be available for an interview on Wednesday, September 4 in the afternoon.


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