KFSHRC Performs Robotic Surgery to Identify Focal Seizure Areas, Implant Chips in the Brain

The King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center (KFSHRC) has successfully performed a robotic surgery to implant chips in the brain of a patient who suffers from drug-resistant epilepsy (DRE). The chips identify focal seizure areas in the brain to be removed through a modern medical procedure performed for the first time in the Middle East.


The robot-assisted surgery relies on minimal surgical intervention, making multiple holes of no more than two millimeters in the skull to implant chips in the brain that measure the electrical activity of the brain and detect focal seizure areas.


Robotic surgery is a better alternative to the Leksell frame-based method, a traditional method used to calculate the measurements needed to identify precise areas in the brain, which takes more time and effort.


Robotic surgery is a modern medical technique used at leading international medical institutions. It enables doctors to perform complex surgeries with higher accuracy, flexibility and control. It is also less invasive than traditional surgical techniques, which leads to a shorter recovery period and fewer complications.

This KFSHRC achievement is due to its endeavors to harness all its abilities and utilize the best technologies to improve results, the patients’ experience, and the efficiency of an operation.


KFSHRC is among the most prominent hospitals in the world in providing specialized health care. It was recently ranked 20th in the most reputable academic medical centers list for 2023, and the first in the Middle East and Africa, according to the Global Top 250 Hospitals Report for 2023 issued by Brand Finance.

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