Robot-Assisted Radiofrequency Ablation Combined with Thermodynamic Simulation for Epilepsy Reoperations

Yu Chi Wang, Mei Yun Cheng, Po Cheng Hung, Cheng Yen Kuo, Hsiang Yao Hsieh, Kuang Lin Lin, Po Hsun Tu, Chieh Tsai Wu, Peng Wei Hsu, Kuo Chen Wei, Chi Cheng Chuang*

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Repeat craniotomies to treat recurrent seizures may be difficult, and minimally invasive radiofrequency ablation is an alternative therapy. On the basis of this procedure, we aimed to develop a more reliable methodology which is helpful for institutions where real-time image monitoring or electrophysiologic guidance during ablation are not available. We used simulation combined with a robot-assisted radiofrequency ablation (S-RARFA) protocol to plan and execute brain epileptic tissue lesioning. Trajectories of electrodes were planned on the robot system, and time-dependent thermodynamics was simulated with radiofrequency parameters. Thermal gradient and margin were displayed on a computer to calculate ablation volume with a mathematic equation. Actual volume was measured on images after the ablation. This small series included one pediatric and two adult patients. The remnant hippocampus, corpus callosum, and irritative zone around arteriovenous malformation nidus were all treated with S-RARFA. The mean error percentage of the volume ablated between preoperative simulation and postoperative measurement was 2.4 ± 0.7%. No complications or newly developed neurologic deficits presented postoperatively, and the patients had little postoperative pain and short hospital stays. In this pilot study, we preliminarily verified the feasibility and safety of this novel protocol. As an alternative to traditional surgeries or real-time monitoring, S-RARFA served as successful seizure reoperation with high accuracy, minimal collateral damage, and good seizure control.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4804
JournalJournal of Clinical Medicine
Issue number16
StatePublished - 08 2022

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  • computer simulation
  • epilepsy surgery
  • radiofrequency ablation
  • robot-assisted


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