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2018 Smile4Wessex Gala...

2018 Smile4Wessex Gala Dinner Date
We're pleased to announce that the 2018 Smile4Wessex Gala Dinner will take place at the Hilton Ageas Bowl on Saturday 13th October. 'Early Bird' ticket deals are available until 30th June. Please click HERE for full details.
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Rob's Family Fundraiser

Rob's Family Fundraiser
Rob Langman is no stranger to taking on a challenge for Smile4Wessex and had no hesitation in also volunteering his brother-in-law Dave, and nephew DJ, to join him in this years FebBrainairy. They were ably assisted by his two children,...
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Kiri's Close Shave for Epilepsy

Kiri's Close Shave for Epilepsy
Having recently undergone surgery for Epilepsy, Kiri MacDonald-Jones bravely agreed to lose her locks for FebBrainairy 2018. Supporting Kiri was her husband Darryl, good friend Helen Webster, who is also a dedicated supporter...
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SPA / Daily Echo Property...

SPA / Daily Echo Property Ball
Huge thanks to all at the Daily Echo / Southampton Property Association for choosing Smile4Wessex to benefit from their annual Charity Ball. It was a great evening and, as the pic below shows, a tremendous amount was raised...
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Linda's Life Turns Full...

Linda's Life Turns Full (Epileptic) Circle!
When Linda Littlechild, then 38, was first diagnosed with Epilepsy it was not only a daunting time for her, but the whole Littlechild family. It was also the beginning of a difficult and sometimes frightening journey, but one which...
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'Wall of Smiles' Launched

'Wall of Smiles' Launched
We are delighted to announce details of the Smile4Wessex 'Wall of Smiles'. For the full story of this new initiative please click Wall of Smiles  
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Intra-Operative Monitoring

Safety is paramount during neurosurgery. While operating, the neurosurgeon uses all the tools at their disposal to ensure there is no damage to any of the nerves from the brain and spine. Most of these cues are visual and the charity has supported microscopes and endoscopes to assist with this. However these cannot see the functioning of the nerves – that is the electrical messages being sent along them. These can be impaired without any visible disruption of the nerve (by stretching or altered blood flow).

The charity has recently, in conjunction with the Trigeminal Neuralgia Support Group, funded the provision of sophisticated Intra-Operative Nerve Monitoring equipment. This equipment monitors the electrical signalling in nerves while an operation proceeds and gives a warning to the surgeon if the signal is altered. The ISIS-IOM system was supplied by Inomed UK and is seen as a ‘Gold Standard’ in the monitoring of nerve systems during neurosurgical procedures, enabling surgeons to operate with confidence close to major neural nerve pathways both in the brain and spine. The ISIS IOM system is capable of simultaneously monitoring up to sixteen nerves (previous equipment was only capable of monitoring two) and will be useful in a diverse range of neurosurgical cases.

An example of an operation where it is used very frequently is microvascular decompression for trigeminal neuralgia and hence this was co funded with the trigeminal neuralgia support group (80% S4W 20% TGN). Trigeminal neuralgia is a sharp pain in the face, widely described as the worst known pain and has been known to drive patients to starvation. It can be cured by an operation to separate a blood vessel pressing on a nerve coming out of the base of the brain.  This surgery occurs in a very delicate area near a large number of critical nerves. It has a very high cure rate albeit with a risk of damaging these fragile nerves. With the new intraoperative monitoring equipment surgeons get a warning before an injury reducing the risk of complications from this otherwise life changing operation.

See also:

Smile4Wessex Children's Neuro Centre

Neurosurgical Operating Microscope

Paediatric Video Telemetry (PVT) Suite

The Smile4Rich Ambulance

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