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Motor Cortex Stimulation

Thank you for considering our practice for your upcoming procedure. We understand that surgery can be overwhelming, but we are committed to providing you with the information and care you need to feel confident and prepared for your procedure. Here is what you can expect before, during, and after your surgery.

About the Procedure

What is a Motor Cortex Stimulation Procedure?

Motor cortex stimulation (MCS) is a surgical procedure used to treat chronic pain, movement disorders, and neurological conditions such as Parkinson's disease and dystonia. The goal of MCS is to disrupt abnormal neural activity in the brain and spinal cord, which can alleviate symptoms such as pain or involuntary movements.

Before the procedure:

Before the MCS procedure, you will meet with your surgeon to discuss the procedure and ask any questions you may have. You may need to stop taking certain medications, such as blood thinners, and fast for a certain period of time before your surgery. Your surgeon will provide you with detailed instructions on how to prepare for your procedure.

During the procedure:

The MCS procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia with mild sedation, allowing the patient to remain awake and alert during the surgery. The surgeon will use MRI or CT imaging to precisely locate the motor cortex, the part of the brain responsible for controlling movement. They will then place small electrodes on the surface of the brain and connect them to a stimulator device implanted under the skin near the collarbone. The stimulator sends electrical impulses to the brain, disrupting abnormal neural activity and reducing symptoms such as pain or involuntary movements.

After the procedure:

After the surgery, you will be closely monitored in the recovery room until you are awake and stable enough to be moved to a hospital room. Your medical team will adjust the settings of the neurostimulator to optimize its effectiveness and minimize any side effects. You may need to stay in the hospital for several days to a week or more, depending on the specifics of your surgery. Your surgeon will provide you with detailed instructions on how to care for your incision, manage any pain or discomfort, and gradually resume your normal activities.

We hope this information has been helpful in preparing you for your procedure. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our office. We are here to support you throughout your entire journey to recovery.

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