Neurosurgery is the surgical specialty that deals with the nervous system, including the brain and spinal cord. Surgery may be necessary due to a birth defect, traumatic injury, cancer or other reasons.
Neurosurgery for mental disorder (NMD) is the medical term for a type of brain surgery which may be performed to treat severe, incapacitating mood disorders.
NMD is not a lobotomy the techniques used today are very different. In the past brain surgery for mental health problems was called ‘psychosurgery’ and involved controversial techniques such as lobotomy, but this practice has not been used in the UK for many years.
What problems can NMD treat?
NMD can be used to treat severe depression and obsessive compulsive disorder.