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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.
There are four types of NMD technique:
There is little agreement amongst researchers and health professionals as to which of these techniques is the most effective.
The technique that you receive will depend on where you are treated as different treatment centres are likely to use different techniques. All of these techniques are irreversible.
Regardless of the NMD technique being performed, the operation is likely to follow this procedure:
Recovery is a slow process, so you'll need to take your rehabilitation gradually in the following weeks and months. Most people are able to tell if the treatment is working and see changes in their mood within the first 9 – 12 months.
It's important to remember that NMD alone is not a cure, but rather it could help to reduce your symptoms so that you are able to benefit from other forms of treatment, such as talking treatments.
This information was published in February 2018. We will revise it in 2021.
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