Precision, Safety: Advanced Robotics Stereostatic EEG Surgery to eradicate seizures and improve quality of life of epilepsy patients.

Pitch Initiative:

The robotic stereotactic EEG surgery initiative represents a pioneering approach to Value-Based Healthcare (VBHC), aiming to revolutionize the treatment of patients with epilepsy and other neurological disorders. By leveraging advanced robotic technology, this initiative offers a minimally invasive method for performing stereotactic EEG surgeries, ensuring maximum
precision and patient safety.

Unique Approach: Our initiative uniquely combines advanced robotics with neurosurgery tooffer epilepsy patients a transformational treatment. It aims to eliminate seizures and theirsocial stigmas, enabling patients to live fully capable lives without the fear of public seizures,medication dependency, or restrictions on driving and working.

Aim and Relevance: The primary goal is to enhance epilepsy patient’s care outcomes and quality of life by delivering accurate diagnosis and targeted treatment for epilepsy and related neurological conditions. By leveraging robotic technology, we improve surgical precision and planning, addressing the unmet need in the near past for more accurate and safer surgical options
for epilepsy freedom.

Patient Description and Involvement: Patients with intractable epilepsy, having not
responded to two correctly chosen antiseizure medications over a significant period, are thoroughly briefed by specialists on surgery details, risks, and potential benefits. This informed approach facilitates collaborative decision-making for their treatment path.

Methods: A multidisciplinary Epilepsy team conference consists of Epilepsy neurologists, Epilepsy neurosurgeons, Neuroradiologists, and robotics experts collaboratively conduct preoperative evaluations using advanced neuroimaging techniques (MRI, DTI, PET scan, SPECT). Robotic expert is then employed during surgery to accurately place electrodes and perform minimally invasive surgical resections when required.

Size & Scope: Originally piloted at a dedicated epilepsy center, this initiative has shown promising outcomes. Efforts are now underway to raise public awareness and create a referral hub for epilepsy excellence, aiming to extend access to advanced treatments for patients from anywhere and everywhere in the Kingdom.

Preliminary Results: Initial outcomes have shown promising results, including improved seizure control, positive histopathological findings in the surgically resected lesions, reduced hospital stay, and faster recovery for patients undergoing robotic stereotactic EEG surgery. The precision offered by robotic technology has facilitated more accurate identification and resection of epileptic foci, that allowed using the electrodes as a visual marker inside the resective surgery.

In summary, the robotic stereotactic EEG surgery initiative embodies the principles of VBHC by utilizing innovative technology and a patient-centered approach to advance epilepsy care, which is highly needed but very limited across the kingdom and the Robotic technique is only available at King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre Jeddah City, as it was planned by the Epilepsy
team early on and approved by the visionary management advisors.