Dr. David VanSickle, founder of Denver DBS Center, featured in Medical Professionals magazine.
Four years after having Deep Brain Stimulation surgery to control the tremors caused by Parkinson’s disease, Dennis Lodwick of Steamboat Springs is still in his woodshop creating beautiful pieces from beetle-kill pine. David VanSickle, MD, with NeurosurgeryOne performed Mr. Lodwick’s surgery. Read the story in the Steamboat Pilot & Today.
David VanSickle, MD, of the Denver DBS Center Performs First Asleep Deep Brain Stimulation Using Mazor Robotics Renaissance(R) Guidance System in World
(March 6, 2014) Denver DBS Center neurosurgeon David VanSickle, MD, PhD, became the first in the world to utilize the Mazor Robotics Renaissance Guidance System to perform an Asleep Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) procedure at Littleton Adventist Hospital in Littleton, Colo. Renaissance is a state-of-the-art surgical guidance system that enables surgeons to conduct more precise spine and brain procedures.
The patient, a 65-year-old male recently diagnosed with Parkinson's, was treated for tremors and is responding well, according to Dr. VanSickle.
"Using the Renaissance system provides more accuracy and holds the trajectory," Dr. VanSickle says. "Because of this, more patients have the option of being asleep during the procedure than before. This is not only helpful for the patient and relieves a great deal of anxiety, but it enables the doctor to perform the procedure quicker, with less complication and fewer probes into the brain."
“New research published in the New England Journal of Medicine, shows that undergoing DBS in the earlier stages of Parkinson's disease is extremely effective, contrary to earlier recommendations that patients must have the disease for at least seven years to see the benefits of DBS," Dr. VanSickle says. "The research also found DBS to be more effective than medications in controlling tremors in patients with Parkinson's disease."
Mazor Robotics Renaissance system is the first and only robotic guidance system cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration for spine and brain surgery.
To date, thousands of spine procedures have been performed with the Renaissance system, ranging from minimally-invasive one-level fusions to complex deformity reconstructions. Dr. VanSickle was the first to use the system during DBS surgery. His partner, Dr. Benjamin Guiot, was the first surgeon at Littleton Adventist Hospital to use the system for a complex open spine procedure.
About Denver DBS Center
Denver DBS Center is one of only a few facilities in the world to offer both Awake and Asleep deep brain stimulation (DBS) for Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, dystonia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Denver DBS Center performs more DBS surgeries than any other Colorado DBS center. Exceptional patient care, superior electrode placement—the most vital aspect of DBS surgery—and a commitment to partnering with patients’ neurologists make Denver DBS Center the top choice in the region. Denver DBS Center is an affiliation of Neurosurgery One (formerly South Denver Neurosurgery).
Mazor Robotics, Ltd. (TASE: MZOR; NASDAQ GM: MZOR) is dedicated to the development and marketing of innovative surgical guidance systems and complementary products that provide a safer surgical environment for patients, surgeons, and operating room staff. Mazor Robotics' flagship product, Renaissance, is a state-of-the-art surgical guidance system that enables surgeons to conduct spine and brain procedures in an accurate and secure manner. Mazor Robotics systems have been successfully used in the placement of over 35,000 implants worldwide. Numerous peer-reviewed publications and presentations at leading scientific conferences have validated the accuracy, usability, and clinical advantages of Mazor Robotics technology.