Brain surgery to cure drug addiction

Systemized knowledge and its applications.
User avatar
puff the magik
Joined:Wed Dec 03, 2003 7:00 pm
Brain surgery to cure drug addiction -

Post by puff the magik » Sun May 08, 2005 1:16 am

:eek: :? :x - seems like the cure is worse than the disease-Puff

Brain surgery for eliminating drug addiction strictly controlled 2005-05-06 14:11:02

BEIJING, May 6 (Xinhuanet) -- Chinese health official on Friday re-stressed that the brain surgery for eliminating drug addiction is strictly controlled because its effectiveness and safety have not been proved and its side effects are still unclear.

Qi Guoming, chief of the Science and Education Department under the Health Ministry, said the surgery is still under clinical studies but not for clinical use.

"It is irresponsible and immoral to conduct the operation before an experimental conclusion is reached. Therefore, we are not resuming it," he said.

Brain surgery for curing drug addicts is a key research field and the ministry is thinking about applying for national fund for scientific studies given by the Ministry of Science and Technology, said Qi.

Health Ministry's spokesman Mao Qun said last month that brain surgery to curb drug cravings is a special medical practice. Those hospitals and doctors who perform the operation, as well as the equipment, environment and post-surgery observation, must be qualified and standardized.

Qi also stressed at the same day that before the ministry carries out a scheme and regulation for the clinical studies of brain surgery, any medical unit cannot perform the surgery in the name of clinical study or service.

Brain surgery was suspended on Nov. 2 last year by the ministry because of disputes over its unidentified side effects among medical experts. Evaluation and argument of the operation have been lasting ever since.

The ministry in March held a special meeting on this topic in Shaanxi Province, at which experts and officials agreed that the brain surgery is still in the phase of clinical studies and cannot be used in clinical service.

The current materials show the short-term effects of the brain surgery are comparatively good, but long-term effects are still unclear, which need further scientific studies, they said.

Meanwhile, the studies must be done in those hospitals that have a relatively good capability; that the ministry is going to set up a supervising team to verify materials and formulate a qualification standard, according to the meeting.

The experts and officials also agreed to work out strict plans and regulations for the clinical studies of the brain surgery, and clarify ethical principles that are involved in the practice. A stricter criterion of selecting the patients and observing side-effects were also urged.

Brain surgery to cure drug addiction was banned in Russia in 2002 after a patient claimed he had suffered headaches as a result of the operation, which also failed to cure him of his addiction, according to a report by AFP.

By Nov. 2 when the operation was suspended, about 500 patients had received the surgery throughout China. Most of them reported positive results, but some of them appeared abnormal symptoms, like the loss of sex drive. Enditem

Joined:Tue May 31, 2011 7:00 pm

Re: Brain surgery to cure drug addiction -

Post by kaethy » Wed Jun 01, 2011 8:51 am

A NEW surgical procedure in the brain could be a cure for drug addicts without injuring the vital organ, local medical authorities said yesterday.

With the new method, doctors from Renji Hospital managed to help a 24-year-old patient with a five-year history of drug abuse to remain clean for more than six years without a relapse. Usually, over 95 percent of addicts relapse within six months after quitting, due to the strong psychological dependency.

It is said to be the world's first reported successful case of treating drug addiction with a form of acupuncture through electrical stimulation in the brain, according to the latest edition of Biological Psychiatry, an international academic journal.

Doctors said the article is a good reference for health authorities to regulate and restart surgical treatment for drug addiction in China after the Ministry of Health banned a controversial surgical procedure that involved removing a small portion of the patient's brain, in November 2004.

"Unlike the surgery where a part of the brain is removed, our treatment is minimally invasive and just stimulates a part of the brain to block the addict's drug-induced psychological dependency," said Dr Zhou Hongyu of Renji Hospital's neurosurgery department. "Similar therapy has been used for many diseases, like Parkinson's, around the world and in China."

During the surgery, doctors input two needles as electrodes into the brain, at a certain position, to stimulate relative tissues to stop people's desire to use drugs.

The two needles are connected by wires to a remote control placed in the patient's chest and takes effect after the strength and frequency of the stimulation are set.

"Compared with the previous banned surgery, this treatment doesn't remove any brain tissues," Zhou said. "The process is even safer than the one used to treat Parkinson's disease, as the position where we place the needles is not close to any major functional tissues in the brain while the position of the needles for treating Parkinson's is close to the part which controls mobility."

But the new therapy is still in an experimental stage; wide adoption will need the health ministry's approval.
Last edited by cowfodder on Wed Jun 01, 2011 9:38 am, edited 1 time in total.
Reason: spam link removed

User avatar
Joined:Thu Aug 24, 2006 7:00 pm
Location:Puerto El Bluff, Nicaragua

Re: Brain surgery to cure drug addiction -

Post by Captu4ik » Wed Jun 01, 2011 1:10 pm

WOW ! No mention of what the patients (guinea pigs) were addicted to.

No offense to anyone, but the Chinese are not known for cutting edge medical research -- Capt. Ed.

Joined:Fri Oct 14, 2011 5:41 pm

Re: Brain surgery to cure drug addiction -

Post by Flapjack » Thu Jun 02, 2011 3:55 am


Joined:Tue Oct 11, 2011 10:00 am

Re: Brain surgery to cure drug addiction -

Post by TheNomad » Mon Jun 20, 2011 8:43 pm

There was a post at a few years ago about a pill that would do the same thing. Seems like something that would be a condition of probation in the future...

User avatar
Joined:Fri Oct 14, 2011 2:13 pm

Re: Brain surgery to cure drug addiction -

Post by nepalnt21 » Thu Aug 18, 2011 8:24 pm

cut off the balls of sex offenders... cut up drug abusers' brains...

how about genetically altering the unsavories???

User avatar
Joined:Wed Oct 12, 2011 11:00 am
Location:Treasure Coast Florida

Re: Brain surgery to cure drug addiction -

Post by teeko » Thu Aug 18, 2011 8:39 pm

If you commit a crime, you will face public trial in which you must drink the urine of all that were offended by your crime.


All lies contain truth.

All truths are circumstantial.

User avatar
Joined:Fri Oct 14, 2011 2:13 pm

Re: Brain surgery to cure drug addiction -

Post by nepalnt21 » Thu Aug 18, 2011 9:11 pm

not bad

User avatar
Joined:Wed Oct 12, 2011 2:18 pm

Re: Brain surgery to cure drug addiction -

Post by minderbinder » Fri Aug 19, 2011 7:14 am

count me in for a desolation of my pain center!

How about Death Penalty by continued orgasm?
A little modification of the pleasure center and whe are done - no more high electricity bills, a nine volt mono bloc battery should do :)

There's a movie about something like that (somehow) with Christopher Walken, but i can't remember the name ...
Bhagwan told me not to worry. If i do it'll make me sorry. Alright.

Joined:Sat Oct 15, 2011 5:10 pm

Re: Brain surgery to cure drug addiction -

Post by jackaroe » Tue Aug 30, 2011 7:31 pm

No thanks, I'll take addiction over a pill or surgery that cures addiction anyday. :D

I'm glad I am not the only one that thinks this is a creepy idea.

Post Reply