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Parkinson’s disease, also popularly known as ‘tremor’ disease, is a progressive nervous system disease that severely affects the quality of life by Decimating brain cells. Although it usually occurs in the 60s, the disease, which can also be seen at an earlier age, is becoming increasingly common today with an increase in the average life expectancy.

Turkey Medicals member Antalya hospital Associate Professor of Neurosurgery Doctor, he explained the 5 most curious details about Parkinson’s disease.

An Associate Professor of Neurosurgery Doctor said, “Because Parkinson’s disease affects body movements, it gradually reduces the patient’s quality of life over time. Because the disease develops as a result of a decrease in a substance called dopamine, which allows nerve cells to communicate with each other, patients may experience a honeymoon period in the first years with dopamine and drugs with a similar effect.

But due to the fact that it is a progressive disease, over time, the doses of drugs begin to be insufficient, and the doses of drugs are increased under the supervision of a doctor. When too high doses of the drug are increased, involuntary movements begin in patients. In this case, surgical treatment (brain battery) comes up,” he said, listing the 5 most curious details about Parkinson’s disease:

This is manifested by the following symptoms

– Hand tremor is observed during rest in Parkinson’s disease, which begins insidiously and is usually noticed with unilateral hand tremor. The tremor stops when the hand moves.

– In addition to trembling, there is a slowdown and stiffness in movements. This stiffness in the muscles makes it more difficult for the patient to move in muscle joints such as the wrist, elbow, hip and knee.

– The patient develops a disorder of posture and gait due to difficult movement. After a certain time, patients begin to be unable to walk while walking, waving their arms as before, while the normal Tuesdayatory movement in their arms disappears.

– There is a dullness (decrease in facial expressions) in facial expressions.

– Monotony and a more hoarse voice can also be seen in their speech.

Quality of life can be improved

There is no definitive cure for Parkinson’s disease that leads to full recovery. There are only drugs that are aimed at reducing or reversing the signs of the disease. In case of developing resistance to drugs or if complaints (especially tremor) cannot be controlled as strongly as desired with drugs, surgical treatment (installation of a brain battery) can be applied.

The brain battery provides freedom to the patient

The main goal of Parkinson’s surgery is to reduce the number and doses of drugs used by the patient. For this reason, four to five different Parkinson’s drugs used before surgery are reduced to one or two drugs, and in some patients who are deemed appropriate, the drug can be completely discontinued.

The brain battery also provides the patients whose comfort of life is beginning to decline despite the medications with the opportunity to live without being dependent on anyone, to swim and to do sports activities appropriate to their physical capacity. Due to the fact that the installed system is under the skin, no part of it is visible from the outside.

In order for a brain battery to be installed in a Parkinson’s patient

Patients eligible for brain battery surgery are determined by a team of brain and nerve surgery and neurology specialists. In order for a brain battery to be installed, patients must meet certain criteria. There is no need to install a brain battery for patients whose complaints improve with medication. Some patients have conditions that begin with signs similar to Parkinson’s, but develop into different diseases over the years.

For this reason, it is necessary to wait at least a few years to make sure that the patients who will be fitted with a brain battery have Parkinson’s disease. In addition, it is important that patients provide medical conditions in which they can receive general anesthesia.

Brain battery surgery takes place in two stages

The operation is performed in two stages. In the first and longer part of the operation, which lasts about three hours, the patient does not receive general anesthesia. By installing a frame on the patient’s head with local anesthesia, it is desirable that he is conscious during the procedure. The patient does not feel any pain. After this first universe, where cables are attached to the special nuclei of the brain, the frame is removed.

A battery is placed under the skin in the chest area of a patient who has been put to sleep under general anesthesia, where these cables will be connected. He stays in the hospital for a day after surgery. A week later, the patient is called for an outpatient checkup to check the seams and adjust the battery settings.


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President of Organ Transplant Center at MedicalPark Hospital Antalya

Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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