Surgery for obsessive-compulsive disorder

A selected group of patients diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder who do not respond to pharmacological and cognitive-behavioral therapy can be treated with brain stimulation.

 

The implantation of electrodes in the anterior limb of the internal capsule or the subthalamic nucleus may be helpful in reducing obsessions, compulsive behaviors and anxiety in patients diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder.

 

It is an effective and safe technique with a low risk of complications.

Treatments:

 

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) for Parkinson’s disease, movement disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder and chronic pain

Anterior capsulotomy with thermocoagulation for obsessive-compulsive disorder

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