SHAFAQNA Türkiye – Claiming that Parkinson’s disease, which is known as a disease of old age that affects the social life of people and today can be observed in young people, is a specialist in neurosurgery at the Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders of Medipol University (PARMER). Dr. Ali Zirh said: “Parkinson’s disease occurs when a substance called ‘dopamine’ is depleted in the brain. Trembling in the hands of the type of “counting money”, slowing down movements, non-participation in swinging the arms with the body and walking back to back, more often on one side of the body; There are symptoms such as blurred vision and decreased facial expressions, a facial condition that can be expressed as a “mask face”, walking in small steps and leaning forward. Parkinson’s disease is a disease of old age that usually occurs in people over 60 years of age. In 10-15% of patients, the age of onset of the disease ranges from 20 to 50 years.
“THE FIRST TIME FATHER’S DAY WILL BE VERY DIFFERENT FOR ME”
Dastonbek Sultanov, who lives in Uzbekistan, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at the age of 22. Sultanov, now 29, an IT teacher, described his changed life with Parkinson’s in these words:
“When I was a student, it was difficult for me to take notes. At that time, the disease gave its first signs and after a while I found out that I had Parkinson’s disease. I met my beloved wife at the university. He married me, although he knew about my illness. Thanks to him, I have achieved a lot. It’s like the Garden of Eden that was sent to me. I am an information technology teacher. It is very important for me to speak loudly and be dynamic in order to say something. I could only work for two years. After a while I had to leave. Because I felt very weak, even my voice was not loud enough. My speech changed, I could not express myself well and could not write. Over time, I began to tremor. The school administration told me to leave. It was one of the most difficult periods in my life. I have three children. Everyone knew that I had Parkinson’s disease. I couldn’t take care of them enough, I couldn’t play with them, I couldn’t hug them. For the first time, Father’s Day will be very different for me, I can’t wait to hug them to the fullest.”
“MY LIFE WAS MIXED BECAUSE OF PARKINSON”
Sultanov, who came to Istanbul for treatment, said: “My life was difficult because of Parkinson’s disease. I came to Istanbul for treatment. We spoke with my doctor, and as a result of the necessary examinations, he said that I was a suitable patient for the installation of a brain pacemaker, and my operation process began. I felt very good after the operation. Now I want to return everything to normal. I want to hug my kids and play games. I am in a good mood and motivated, now I have a ticket to return to my old life. I would like to thank my doctor, Mr. Ali, and the whole team. They are good,” he said.
“WE PERFORM THE OPERATION BY TALKING TO THE PATIENT, KEEPING THE PATIENT IN UNDERSTANDING”
Stating that brain battery surgeries are performed while the patient is awake and talking, Assoc. Dr. Zirch said: “Brain batteries are devices that can deliver electrical current to any point in the human brain, thereby stimulating or inhibiting electrical activity in the brain cells in the area where the electrical current is applied. The operation to implant a pacemaker in the brain, which takes approximately 3-3.5 hours, is carried out with the patient’s open mind according to the principle of the “speak-speak” operation. The purpose of the patient being awake during the operation is to find the cells responsible for the disease and the anatomical formations around it. For this reason, we do the operation while keeping the patient awake by talking to each other. This makes it very easy to determine the physiological map of the area of the brain to be reached. This is when the first moment of well-being occurs, the sense of well-being that patients experience during the placement of pacemaker electrodes in the brain. Dastonbek Sultanov, who came from Uzbekistan, was a patient of ours who encountered Parkinson’s disease at a very young age. When we saw and appreciated it, we did not get enough response from the treatment, and we performed an operation to implant a pacemaker in the brain. After the battery programming process, which took about 2-3 weeks after surgery, we released our patient. We were all very happy that we could live to see the days he missed with his children. Happy Father’s Day to him and all fathers.
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