I performed the first ever deep brain stimulation surgery at St George’s Hospital for Parkinson’s disease in September 2016. This was the culmination of three months of intensive effort from our dedicated team of neurologists, nurse specialists, managers and operating theatre staff.The happy patient (pictured with permission together with our team – Lucia Ricciardi, Francesca Morgante, Alison Leake and Dominic Paviour) posted a touching testimonial on iwantgreatcare as follows:
I have Parkinson’s disease and for many years have sought to have deep brain stimulation (“DBS”) as a way of managing the effects of this illness. I was fortunate to be selected by the Movement Disorders Team (“MDT”) at St George’s Hospital at an assessment meeting during which I met Mr Pereira for the first time. During the meeting we discussed various aspects of the procedure and I immediately felt a bond with Mr Pereira due to his calm, forthright, assured and confident manner. Everything that I read about him confirmed him to be eminently qualified to perform this operation and so I had no hesitation in proceeding. The operation was performed on the 20th September 2016 at the Atkinson Morley Wing of St George’s Hospital. Before, during and after the operation Mr Pereira took time to make himself available to me for questions and re-assurance. During the operation, which is fairly invasive and during which I was kept awake, Mr Pereira kept a dialogue going with me to put my mind at rest and to keep me appraised of what they were doing and what stage they had reached. The operation has been a complete success and I look forward to many years of an improved lifestyle due to Mr Pereira’s skills as a surgeon and as a personable and approachable person. The wounds created by the operation have fully healed and were very neatly performed. I recommend Mr Pereira most highly as a skilled and caring neurosurgeon.
Deep brain stimulation is a brain operation where electrodes are inserted deep into the brain with great accuracy, in this case to structures of the basal ganglia to improve signs, symptoms and medication doses in Parkinson’s disease. The electrodes are connected to a ‘brain pacemaker’. Thousands of people have received the treatment worldwide. I learnt the nuances of this operation in a craft apprenticeship with Professor Tipu Aziz in Oxford over the last decade.