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Breakthrough, first in Poland treatment of a rare disease occurred in Kluczbork, who would have expected? 😲

Can a private hospital in a town of less than 30 thousand people be a place where pioneering surgeries in one of the most difficult fields of medicine – neurosurgery, specifically neurostimulation – are performed? The answer is: YES, exactly one week ago our hospital Vital Medic in Kluczbork, became the first center in Poland, which performed surgery to implant a neurostimulator on the brain of a patient with a rare disease FXTAS (Fragile X Syndrome of tremor and ataxia).
Fragile X syndrome is a genetic disorder with an incidence of 1 in 4,000 men over the age of 50. There is no cure for this disease and it is also difficult to diagnose. Our patient, Andrzej, was looking for help all over the country. When the first symptoms appeared in 2010, the whole family was looking for a center that would give the right diagnosis. It took 8 years for neurologists in Warsaw to diagnose Andrzej’s disease. Unfortunately, during the next 2 years of searching for an effective treatment, no doctor gave even a shadow of hope for improvement of the patient’s condition.
Nobody expected that help could be so close, exactly 40 km from Andrzej’s place of residence, in Kluczbork. During the consultation, Dr. Witold Libionka announced that he was able to help and that he would undertake a pioneer operation in Poland. Deep brain stimulation (DBS) in this disease has been performed only 10 times in the world, never in Poland. Three months after the qualifying visit, a team of doctors led by Dr. Witold Libionka performed the first such neurostimulation surgery in Poland. The procedure was performed with an innovative method allowing for comparative intraoperative evaluation of the effectiveness. The symptoms of hand tremor, which made Mr. Andrzej unable to eat, dress or sign on his own, disappeared in the operating theater shortly after the surgery. The stimulation of the brain, still in the post-operative period in the hospital, allowed him to touch his nose with his finger for the first time in 10 years. The first part of the video shows the patient’s condition before the operation, the second part one month after the operation.
When Mr. Andrzej ate his dinner 2 days after the surgery, without any help, tears of happiness were shed in the family. The effects of the stimulation are spectacular. Currently Andrzej is recovering at home, slowly starting to perform daily activities, in which he has been helped by his family for several years.
Until now in Vital Medic hospital in Kluczbork district we have done what for others was too difficult or we had to wait too long. Now we have done something that for others was impossible.
We are very proud of that!
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