Thai health ministry unveils first robot to assist in epilepsy surgery

Source: Xinhua| 2019-12-12 23:29:48|Editor: ZX
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BANGKOK, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) -- The Medical Services Department under the Thai Ministry of Public Health on Thursday unveiled the country's first robot to assist surgeons in brain surgery on patients afflicted with epilepsy.

Epilepsy is a central nervous system disorder in which brain activity becomes abnormal, causing seizures or periods of unusual behavior and sensation.

"The robot, which is developed by the department's Prasat Neurological Institute, is capable of pinpointing the areas in the brain on which to operate with precision and can shorten the time in surgery from the usual 8-10 hours to about six hours," said Dr. Somsak Akkasilp, director-general of the department.

Dr. Somsak said that the robot can also assist in surgery of other brain diseases or disorders, such as Parkinson's. "We have used this robot in surgeries on four complicated cases of epilepsy."

In Thailand, about 500,000 people suffer from epilepsy, almost 150,000 of them are resistant to anti-seizure medications and half of them can be treated by standard surgery.

The director-general who is also an expert in brain surgery, said cases dealing with operating into the brain, are of complex issues, which require the use of the robot to pinpoint the precise origin of the disorders in the brain.