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spinal surgery for depression ?

Posted by vince on March 5, 2001, at 11:04:27

A while back one of the news magazine shows (60 Minutes or similar) done a report on a surgery that could help depression. It has been a while and I can't remember any of the details but according to the report one of the upper vertebrate in the neck could be impinging a nerve (vagus nerve maybe, I don't remember now and I know nothing about anatomy). This happens if the opening that the nerve passes through is too small. This could be detected with an MRI and could be corrected with surgery by increasing the size of the opening relieving the presure on the nerve. I haven't heard anything about it since.

Anyway, I'm just wondering if anyone knows what I'm talking about and has any information about this procedure.





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