What is the Neuravive Treatment for Essential Tremor?

What is The Neuravive Treatment for Essential Tremor?

Neuravive is an incisionless treatment for essential tremor patients who have not responded to medication. It is based on MR-guided Focused Ultrasound (MRgFUS) technology which uses sound energy to precisely treat deep in the brain guided by MR imaging.

Ultrasound is a form of energy that passes through skin, muscle, fat and bone without the need for incisions, permanent implants or inserted probes.  Ultrasound energy is non-ionizing, meaning the patient is not being exposed to radiation during the procedure. When ultrasound energy is focused on a small target the tissue temperature of the target tissue is raised high enough to destroy it, providing a therapeutic effect.

During the Neuravive procedure, ultrasound waves pass safely through the skull without a need for an incision.  These ultrasound waves are focused on a small spot in the brain (Vim nucleus of the thalamus), considered to be responsible for causing tremor, to create a tiny ablation or burn. For many patients, the result is immediate improvement in their hand tremor with minimal complications.

The treatment is performed in an MRI suite, often on an outpatient basis. The MRI is the eyes of the treatment, enabling the physician to plan and guide the treatment. MRI also acts like a thermometer, providing continuous temperature monitoring to verify that only the targeted tissue is destroyed.

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The focused ultrasound treatment is capable of penetrating the skull without making an incision. There is no need for anesthesia and the patient is completely conscious during treatment.

Since the treatment is non-invasive, it can be performed as an outpatient procedure, meaning minimal hospitalization is needed. Many patients find that they can resume to normal activities within days.

Following the Neuravive treatment, most patients report a significant relief from symptoms almost immediately.  Patients find they can return to normal daily activities, such as drinking, eating and writing, on their own.

  
Neuravive - Possible Risks and Side Effects:

Be sure to discuss with your physician all the risks involved with the Neuravive treatment. In general, the side effects of the Neuravive treatment are minimal, but as with any medical procedure, there are risks.

For additional information on the Neuravive treatment, including important warnings, precautions, risks, potential side effects, and contraindications for you to know when considering this treatment with your physician, please refer to the RISK INFORMATION – CLICK HERE.

For information on what you may expect to experience in the treatment, should you and your physician elect to proceed with Neuravive for you, please see CLICK HERE.

Neuravive is available by physician prescription only. 

Short term risks may occur on the day of treatment up to 3-months post-treatment.

The most common potential risks  are transient numbness and tingling. These sensations are typically mild to moderate in intensity and can last as briefly as the length of the sonication or up to several days.  Headaches or head pain during sonication and imbalance or unsteady were other potential risks, but most often ended shortly after treatment.

Nausea/Vomiting were also reported in some instances.   It is unclear if this is related to medications used during the treatment or the procedure itself.

You may experience bruising in the area of the iv catheter following the procedure similar to that experienced after blood draws.  Any bruising should resolve on its own within a week.

Long term risks may occur longer than 3 months following treatment.

Infrequent complications that have been reported following the Neuravive treatment include long-term numbness and tinging as well as, if (unintended) brain tissue is damaged, there may be muscle weakness, numbness or sensory loss that may be permanent.

There is the possibility that your tremor may return some months or years after treatment.

Temporary or permanent muscle weakness, gait disturbances or sensory effects (tingling, numbness) in your fingers or elsewhere in your body.

This procedure does not treat the underlying disease nor prevent the exacerbation or progression of the disease.

If you experience a blood clot after the procedure that is not treated quickly, you may have long term related complications, such as muscle, heart, brain or lung damage.

2. Incisionless Treatment

The focused ultrasound treatment is capable of penetrating the skull without making an incision. There is no need for anesthesia and the patient is completely conscious during treatment.

3. Quick Recovery

Since the treatment is non-invasive, it can be performed as an outpatient procedure, meaning minimal hospitalization is needed. Many patients find that they can resume to normal activities within days.

5. Significantly Improves Quality of Life

Following the Neuravive treatment, most patients report a significant relief from symptoms almost immediately.  Patients find they can return to normal daily activities, such as drinking, eating and writing, on their own.

Safety Information

Be sure to discuss with your physician all the risks involved with the Neuravive treatment. In general, the side effects of the Neuravive treatment are minimal, but as with any medical procedure, there are risks.

For additional information on the Neuravive treatment, including important warnings, precautions, risks, potential side effects, and contraindications for you to know when considering this treatment with your physician, please refer to the RISK INFORMATION – CLICK HERE.

For information on what you may expect to experience in the treatment, should you and your physician elect to proceed with Neuravive for you, please see CLICK HERE.

Neuravive is available by physician prescription only. 

Short Term Risks

Short term risks may occur on the day of treatment up to 3-months post-treatment.

The most common potential risks  are transient numbness and tingling. These sensations are typically mild to moderate in intensity and can last as briefly as the length of the sonication or up to several days.  Headaches or head pain during sonication and imbalance or unsteady were other potential risks, but most often ended shortly after treatment.

Nausea/Vomiting were also reported in some instances.   It is unclear if this is related to medications used during the treatment or the procedure itself.

You may experience bruising in the area of the iv catheter following the procedure similar to that experienced after blood draws.  Any bruising should resolve on its own within a week.

Long Term Risks

Long term risks may occur longer than 3 months following treatment.

Infrequent complications that have been reported following the Neuravive treatment include long-term numbness and tinging as well as, if (unintended) brain tissue is damaged, there may be muscle weakness, numbness or sensory loss that may be permanent.

There is the possibility that your tremor may return some months or years after treatment.

Temporary or permanent muscle weakness, gait disturbances or sensory effects (tingling, numbness) in your fingers or elsewhere in your body.

This procedure does not treat the underlying disease nor prevent the exacerbation or progression of the disease.

If you experience a blood clot after the procedure that is not treated quickly, you may have long term related complications, such as muscle, heart, brain or lung damage.

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