Department of Neurosurgery


Lifespan neurosurgeons perform incisionless brain procedure with new technology

“PROVIDENCE – A team of Lifespan Corp. neurosurgeons used new technology to target the section of the brain responsible for severe tremors during a successful procedure on July 30.Dr. Wael Asaad, director of Lifespan’s Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute’s functional neurosurgery and epilepsy program, performed the procedure.

Tremors in Parkinson’s patients are often mild, he said, but for some, they affect patients’ daily lives.

“There is a significant number of patients for whom the condition is more severe and debilitating, impairing a wide variety of routine daily activities such as eating, writing and getting dressed,” Asaad said. “For those individuals who cannot find relief through medications, this procedure offers an effective, cutting-edge option without the cutting.”

Patients who undergo the two to three-hour procedure can go home the same day.”

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Wael F. Asaad, MD, PhD

Sidney A. Fox and Dorothea Doctors Fox Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science
Professor of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience
Vice-Chair, Research
Director, Functional and Epilepsy Neurosurgery Program
Director, Laboratory for Neurophysiology and Neuromodulation
Associate Director, Neurosurgery Residency Training Program
Director, Fellowship in Functional & Epilepsy Neurosurgery

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