Epilepsy is a long-standing health concern. More than 25% of the 3 million Americans are affected by the illness. The previous decades have witnessed several technological developments in treatments. Recently, robotics has gained massive traction in this space.
As per the latest news, robotics is pervading different sectors of epilepsy treatment, even in the most severe cases.
Technology has replaced extensive surgical procedures with minimally invasive procedures.
In addition to small electrodes and lasers, technological advancements include implantable devices that can halt seizures in their tracks and MRI machines that deliver high-resolution images.
With the aid of robotics in technology, surgeons can pinpoint the cause of seizures more precisely, safely, and effectively. As a result, surgery and recovery times are shortened, which leads to better outcomes and patient satisfaction.
Before robotic developments, the only option was to perform a craniotomy, a highly invasive treatment with numerous hazards, to open the brain completely.
Currently, robotic equipment is used in stereotactic operations such as stereoelectroencephalography, deep brain stimulation, responsive neurostimulation (RNS), and implantation of laser ablation probes in epilepsy surgery.
Sometimes, a combination of robotics technologies is implemented in the treatment.