Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery

Advanced treatment for movement disorders

Deep brain stimulation improves life for Parkinson's patient

Jack McDonald shares his children's book on DBS with his grandson

Jack McDonald owned a successful graphic design business. But a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease and the involuntary body movements that go along with it forced him to sell the business and retire. Deep Brain Stimulation surgery allowed Jack to resume his previous activities – and write a children's book about DBS – he had given up. Read more.

Our neurosurgeons were pioneers in the use of deep brain stimulation (DBS) for the treatment of Parkinson's disease and tremor. With over 1,000 DBS surgeries in the last five years alone, we are recognized leaders, with outcomes and quality far above the national average.

If you choose DBS, you will receive comprehensive care from a team of specialists from diagnosis through surgery and follow-up care. Our multidisciplinary approach is unique in this region.

How DBS works

DBS provides electrical stimulation to a specific part of the brain to relieve symptoms of Parkinson's disease and essential tremor.

This is accomplished through electronic neurostimulators, connected to electrodes implanted in the brain, which block or alter brain signals that cause the disabling symptoms. After the initial surgery, our team of specialists work with the patient to program the neurostimulators to provide optimal symptom control for that individual.

While it is not a cure, DBS can improve quality of life significantly, allowing you to perform daily activities such as dressing, eating and walking without assistance. Some patients may be able to continue working and also may be able to reduce their medications.

DBS is reversible and does not destroy brain tissue. The electrodes and neurostimulators can be removed at any time.