We previously reported on the new, less-invasive MRI-guided thermal imaging and laser technology to eliminate lesions in the brain that cause seizures. The Epilepsy Research Foundation, a partnership between the Epilepsy Foundation and Epilepsy Therapy Project, funded the research that helped advance this cutting-edge surgery. More information about this procedure can be found here: http://epilepsyfoundation.org/news/Texas-Childrens-Hospital-pioneers-new-MRI-guided-laser-surgery.cfm
Although previously the laser ablation technique had only been used on pediatric patients Methodist Hospital neurosurgeon, Todd Trask, performed the minimally invasive surgery last month on a 48-year-old Houston-area woman who has been seizure-free since. The procedure was the first of a 10-patient clinical trial planned at Methodist.
In addition, Dr. Nitin Tandon, a neurosurgeon at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, said last week he hopes to use the technique on an adult with epilepsy in about four weeks. He said he'd like to do 10 to 15 laser surgeries a year as part of a trial.