Deep Brain Stimulation
Augusta University Movement Disorders/Parkinson’s Disease Center of Excellence offers a full spectrum of treatment options for movement disorders, including surgical intervention such as Deep Brain Stimulation. We offer a multidisciplinary program staffed by neurosurgeons, neurologists, neuropsychologists, physician's assistants, nurse practitioners, and physical therapy specialists for the care and rehabilitation of patients with movement disorders.
Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is a surgical treatment that sends electrical signals through the brain to stimulate and reorganize the electrical impulses that the brain sends through the body, including those that cause the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and essential tremors. This treatment helps manage the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease patients whose conditions are not responding well to medication therapies.
With Deep Brain Stimulation, the neurosurgeon attaches a series of contacts (electrodes) to the specific part of the brain that will be treated. These are attached by a wire that goes down to a neurostimulator (a battery-powered generator) that is implanted near the collarbone. The DBS generator is programmed by a specially trained nurse to send the appropriate electrical impulses through the brain. The patient controls the DBS generator by swiping a special magnet over it to turn it on and off.
The type of surgery varies depending upon the particular movement disorder. In general, significant reduction of abnormal movement and/or tone can be expected in 80% of cases. The incidence of significant postoperative complications is quite low.
If you have any questions regarding movement disorders, please call us at: (706) 721-2798. For an appointment, please call us at: (706) 721-4581.
Meet the Movement Disorders Surgery Team
Cole Giller, MD, PhD, Director of Functional & Stereotactic Neurosurgery
Kapil Sethi, MD, Neurology, Chief, Section of Movement Disorders
Julie A. Kurek, MD, Department of Neurology
John Morgan, MD, PhD, Department of Neurology
If you have any questions regarding movement disorders, please call us at: (706) 721-2798.
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