Current Appeals

Help patients with Parkinson’s Disease undergo life-changing surgery.

Living with a debilitating, progressive disease that has robbed them of their ability to walk unaided, to drive or to communicate with others. That’s the harsh reality for many of Cabrini’s patients.

Now add to that reality the knowledge that an operation could reverse the worst of those symptoms… but they’re too frightened to undergo the procedure.

That’s the dilemma faced by many people living with Parkinson’s disease: the second most common brain disease in Australia after dementia.

The surgical procedure that can reverse the uncontrollable tremors often associated with Parkinson’s is known as deep brain stimulation. This intervention uses revolutionary technology that implants a device to deliver electrical stimulation to the brain to ease symptoms and improve quality of life.

So why would anyone hesitate to undergo this potentially life-changing operation?

 

Because right now, at Cabrini, patients who receive deep brain stimulation are awake during the operation.

With your help, patients at Cabrini will be able to undergo this surgery under full anaesthesia once we raise enough funds to purchase new, cutting-edge equipment known as the AIRO mobile CT scanner.

Neurologist, A/Prof Wesley Thevathasan, and Neurosurgeon Mr Kristian Bulluss have been conducting this incredibly advanced brain surgery at Cabrini for the past 8 years. They are considered one of Australia’s most experienced DBS teams.

“Awake brain surgery, which is what we currently perform at Cabrini, requires patients to be alert so the surgical team can monitor patient responses to the placement of the electrode,” Wesley said.

“The thought of awake brain surgery is terribly confronting for many, and some patients will decline to have the surgery for that reason.”

This new equipment will enable a patient’s brain to be imaged in real-time during surgery to ensure the placement of the electrodes are within the 1-2mm accuracy required.

“It removes the need for patients to be taken to radiology for a postoperative scan which involves up to a two-day wait for results

 From the patient perspective, the new equipment not only means a shorter operation and better outcomes, it provides a far more comfortable experience as the patient is fully anesthetised.”

Wesley said that for a vast number of patients, deep brain stimulation is ‘an absolutely life-changing, function-restoring gift’.

Right now, we have patients who are missing out on this life-changing surgery because they have no option but awake surgery.

Cabrini patients, deserve access to cutting-edge equipment such as the AIRO mobile CT scanner.

You can give the gift of more comfortable surgery that can lead to life-changing outcomes by making a tax-deductible donation today.

DONATE TODAY