Movement Disorders

Our neurologists are at the forefront of new approaches to neurosurgery.

The University of Kansas Hospital was one of the primary centers for the investigation of deep brain stimulation surgery before approved by the FDA for treatment of Parkinson's disease. Today, our Parkinson's disease and Movement Disorders Center is recognized internationally for its diagnosis, treatment and research of Parkinson's disease and related conditions including:

  • progressive supranuclear palsy
  • multiple system atrophy
  • Lewy body dementia
  • Dystonia
  • essential tremor and other tremor disorders

Patients may participate in research studies developed by the Center as well as in clinical research pertaining to investigational medications.

Movement disorders are a group of nervous system conditions that result in abnormal or involuntary movements as well as slow or reduced movements. There is no definitive cause for these disorders and no cures, although in some cases symptoms can be managed over a person's lifetime. Progression of the disease can sometimes be slowed by:

  • Physical exercise
  • Cognitive exercise
  • Medication
  • Surgery

The Movement Disorder Surgery Program was established in 1993. Surgical teams include neuroanesthesiology, neurology, neurophysiology, and operating room staff and hospital nurses with extensive experience specific to the procedures and patient management.