“The risks of neurochirurgical treatment must be placed in a clinical context of the
individuals’ free choice, and balanced against the risks of no treatment.
Experienced multidisciplinary team:
Neurosurgery for psychiatric disorders should not be performed by an individual in isolation and
acting alone regardless of specialty.
These procedures require an expert multidisciplinary team that includes
trained stereotactic and functional neurosurgeons,
working in a team with psychiatrists, neurologists and neuropsychologists.
The team should be specialised in the various target disorders and be able to provide comprehensive care.
Neurosurgeons should use modern, current standard techniques such as MRI and computerised
stereotactic planning software. It is a neurosurgeons’ important responsibility to check and maintain accuracy
and reliability of the stereotactic system.
Political: Neurosurgery for psychiatric disorders should never be performed for political, law enforcement or social purposes, but with therapeutic intent aimed at the restoration of normal function and amelioration of distress and suffering.
Equal Treatment: Patients may come from a challenging socioeconomic background.
However, they should not be deprived of, nor given, a lesser opportunity to participate
in cutting-edge research that may have an important impact in the treatment of their condition.
This research should be available to all patients irrespective of race,
ethnicity, gender, class, religion, sexual orientation or any other potential cause for bias.”
"Guidelines for stereotactic neurosurgery for psychiatric disorders."
World Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (WSSFN)
European Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (ESSFN)
American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (ASSFN)
Latin American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (SLANFE)
Australasian Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (AASSFN)
World Psychiatric Association (WPA)