How Neurosurgical Nurses Have Joined the Battle Against Mental Diseases

Posted April 2nd, 2009 by Site Administrator in Uncategorized (No Comments »)

Neuroscience has offered many health care professionals the opportunity to be involved in one of the most revolutionary changes in medicine.  Neurosurgical nurses are further involved in progress as they work to assist doctors in their struggle to cure both psychiatric problems and more deeply rooted medical problems.   Psychiatric conditions such as depression and obsessive compulsive disorder are now treated using a revamped form of neuroscience which has remained controversial and is even now in an experimental form.

Currently, thousands of people suffer from these neurological conditions with symptoms severe enough to qualify them for the surgery; however, millions more suffer from the same conditions albeit with symptoms that are not quite strong enough to qualify them for the surgery that is still labeled “experimental” by the Food and Drug Administration.  However, because there have not been enough surgeries yet to secure substantial results, this type of neurosurgery is fairly limited with a long waiting list. 

OCD is one of the more common conditions this type of surgery attempts to fix because of the long-lasting problems it creates for sufferers.  Many people who suffer from OCD undergo a drastic life change in order to “live” with their condition: many lock themselves in their house for fear of outward forces or dirt coming into too close of contact with them.  While studies remain limited of OCD, neuroscience is coming closer to unlocking the mysteries of the mind through this type of controversial surgery. 

Neurosurgical nurses are at the forefront of the battle for recognition by medical boards.  One experimental surgery involves drilling holes into the patient’s head and threading wires which can pinpoint tissue in the frontal cortex which controls conscious planning and emotions of the body.  This surgery is most often performed on OCD patients and has so far been found to quiet the hyperactivity of the brain.  Another surgery for OCD is capsulotomy in which surgeons burn out spots deeper inside the brain that are also thought to be more active than normal. 

Other surgeries involve more invasive procedures with the use of wires and beams of radiation that makes one think of the frontal lobotomy surgeries of the early twentieth century.  This is one such reason why so many doctors are hesitant to perform the invasive procedures.  Additionally, many doctors and nurses are becoming involved with surgeries for the sole reason of attracting the endless amounts of sufferers who are waiting for the procedure to pass through its experimental status.  As a result, less qualified doctors are taking on these invasive procedures with less than satisfactory results.

Neurosurgical nurses are in charge of preparing the patient and additionally ensuring that everything goes as planned amidst the controversial procedures. While these operations may never be deemed safe for the rest of the sufferers of mental disorders, at the moment these doctors and nurses are teaming forces with their patients to fight the battle against neurological conditions. 

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