INSIGHTEC®, a global medical technology innovator of incisionless surgery, today announced that it has received national reimbursement from the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) for treating essential tremor.
“Focused ultrasound allows us to treat essential tremor patients in a completely incisionless manner,” commented Professor Takaomi Taira, Director of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, Department of Neurosurgery, Tokyo Women’s Medical University (TWMU), Tokyo, Japan. “This less invasive technique means that there is less risk of infection and other complications associated with traditional surgery.”
Exablate Neuro uses focused ultrasound waves to precisely target and ablate tissue deep within the brain with no incisions. The treatment is performed under Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) guidance for real-time treatment monitoring.
“This milestone demonstrates a major validation for focused ultrasound technology,” said Maurice R. Ferré MD, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of INSIGHTEC. “We will build on this momentum by continuing to expand availability of incisionless surgery around the globe.”
“This important milestone means patients in Japan will now have access to incisionless focused ultrasound as a treatment option,” said Yair Bauer, Country Manager, INSIGHTEC Japan. “These patients have hand tremor that impacts their ability to work and live an independent and active lifestyle.” he added.
The Exablate Neuro device received MHLW approval to treat medication-refractory essential tremor in December, 2016. There are currently nine medical institutions in Japan performing the MR-guided focused ultrasound treatment for essential tremor on a routine basis.