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Explains what NMD is, what the operation is like, possible side effects and alternative surgical treatments. Also covers the law around consent to treatment by NMD.
The side effects of NMD may differ depending on the type of surgical technique being used. NMD can cause:
There is also some evidence that people who have had NMD experience suicidal feelings.
However, it is not known whether this is caused by the existing mental health problems or whether it is caused by the physical or emotional impact of the surgery itself.
In addition to this, all brain surgeries carry a risk of causing:
This information was published in February 2018. We will revise it in 2021.
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