Can Ruti treats diseases such as essential tremor and Parkinson’s without surgery

The Germans Trias i Pujol Hospital in Badalona (Barcelona) has built-in ultrasonic technology High Intensity Focused Therapy (Hifu) to treat non-invasively to patients with diseases such asEssential tremor and Parkinson’s of tremor predominance, explained the manager of the hospital, Jordi Ara.

He did so at a press conference together with the Minister of Health of the Generalitat, Josep Maria Argimon, who specified that Can Ruti is the first Catalan center and the third in the State to have this technology with a budget of five million euros: “It is a country equipment and everyone who requires it, wherever they live, will have access”.

The head of the movement disorders section, Ramiro Álvarez, has detailed that the first intervention was carried out on February 3 in a patient with essential tremor and the result was “very satisfying” because the disappearance of the tremor could be observed in the same procedure.

Since then the center has already treated five patients with “very favorable” results with a gets better significant from a 70 to 90% tremor incapacitating condition that they presented prior to the procedure which, as it is a non-invasive technique, does not require prior hospital admission.

The treatment consists of the application of high-intensity focused ultrasound guided by magnetic resonance in the brain: these acoustic waves act in the brain by converging on neurons that cause the tremor and damaging them through thermal ablation.

All of this through continuous monitoring in real time, both clinically and guided by magnetic resonance, with the possibility of corroborating both the efficacy and the appearance of adverse effects immediately.

8,000 potential patients

Until now, patients with tremoric Parkinson’s and essential tremor who do not respond to pharmacological treatment had to undergo surgeries for the implantation of electrodes in brain structures.

In addition, the conditions in which these techniques can be performed can exclude a significant group of patients, along with those who may reject this surgery due to the risk of suffering potential side effects.

On the other hand the non-invasive treatment involved in Hifu has been shown to be “successful” in these patients and, therefore, from the center they estimate that around 8,000 people could benefit in Catalonia of the implementation of the new therapeutic program.

Ara has foreseen that in the first year of its start-up they will be able to treat about 100 patients, while the objective from the second year is to treat about 200 people per year; For his part, Argimon explained that each treatment costs approximately 13,000 euros.

The manager has stated that they will try to deploy this service equally among all Catalans and will apply priority criteria among the list of patients who request this service.

Incorporation to the service portfolio

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The president of the Board of Directors of the Catalan Institute of Health (ICS), Xavier Trias, has advocated that the Servei Català de la Salut (CatSalut) incorporate this technology as one more health benefit within the service portfolio: “It’s not an aesthetic issue, it changes people’s lives,” he maintained.

The managing director of the Catalan Institute of Health (ICS), Yolanda Lejardi, has claimed the “rigor” with which they have incorporated this technology and has assured that the ICS wants continue incorporating more innovations to improve.

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