Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) for movement disorders and tremor Australia edited from 60 minutes program
Dr. Richard Bittar,
Precision Neurosurgery Director
MBBS (Honours), PhD, FRACS
Dr. Richard Bittar is a highly qualified Australian neurosurgeon and researcher.
Dr. Bittar is a visiting neurosurgeon at Royal Melbourne Hospital, Frankston Hospital, and numerous Private Hospitals in Melbourne. He is also Director of Precision Neurosurgery.
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) works by targeting one of several areas in the brain that are part of the movement disorder pathway. By placing a fine wire (electrode) very precisely within the desired area, we are able to introduce a small amount of electrical current to these areas, which causes deactivation of the nerve cells. This electrode is connected to a battery which is implanted under the skin, allowing a small pulse of electricity to be delivered 24 hours a day. The most commonly targeted regions are the subthalamic nucleus (STN), thalamus (Vim), pallidum (GPi), and pedunculopontine nucleus (PPN) in Parkinson's disease, the thalamus (Vim) for essential tremor and multiple sclerosis tremor, and the pallidum (GPi) in dystonia.
Precision Neurosurgery is a superspecialty neurosurgical practice which provides expertise in the treatment of a wide range of brain and spine disorders.
Our highly trained surgeons utilise evidence-based scientific and clinical knowledge, considered judgement, refined surgical techniques, and state-of-the-art technology to give patients access to leading edge care.
Our contemporary approach is firmly underpinned by the principles of compassion, humanity and ethics. Having a group of neurosurgeons with specific areas of subspecialisation, complementary skills, and a willingness to work together further facilitates optimal patient care.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Our surgeons possess expertise in a number of areas, including the surgical treatment of:
Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders
Depression and OCD
Principal Precision Neurosurgery
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517 St Kilda Rd
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+61 3 9821 5718
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