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Dr. Jessica Wilden Presents Paper on Unique Surgical Intervention At International Congress of Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders

6/22/2017

Jessica Wilden, MD, founder of Tri-State Neurosurgery at Willis-Knighton Medical Center, presented a review of her clinical experience with the ClearPoint® Neuro Navigation System at the 21st International Congress of Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders held June 4-8 in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Her presentation was titled, “MRI-guided laser interstitial thermal thalamotomy for medically intractable tremor disorders.”

Wilden, who has used the ClearPoint System to place electrodes in movement disorder patients for nearly four years, now also offers laser ablation thalamotomy as an MRI-based surgery option for select patients. “The ClearPoint System allows our team to plan, target and place the laser catheters with real time MRI visualization,” she explained.” This allows exceptional accuracy through a small incision with minimal hair shaving.”

Wilden noted that one of the major benefits of this procedure is enhanced patient comfort. “In addition to caring deeply about clinical and surgical outcomes, we want the patient experience to be as seamless and easy as possible,” she said. “Our patients appreciate that they can be asleep throughout the procedure and do not have to wear a metal sterotactic head frame.”

Using the ClearPoint System, surgeons can plan, target and adjust trajectories under real time MRI-guided visualization to place electrodes, catheters and biopsy needles. This real time imaging results in improved accuracy and reduced risk of brain shift that is possible with standard imaging techniques. The ClearPoint Neuro Navigation is the only laser ablation system that allows procedures to be performed entirely in the MRI operating suite, eliminating the need to move the patient from the operating room to MRI during the procedure. Locally, it is only available at Willis-Knighton Medical Center. 

Dr. Wilden