Deep Brain Stimulation

Augusta University Movement Disorders/Parkinson’s Foundation 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.

Typical deep brain stimulation showing the locations of a pacemaker and an electrode

(Shamir R, Noecker A and McIntyre C (2014) Deep Brain Stimulation. Front Young Minds. 2:12)

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 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.

Additional information about Deep Brain Stimulation from the Parkinson's Foundation

Meet the Movement Disorders Surgery Team

John Morgan, MD, PhD, Department of Neurology, Director of Movement Disorders

Kapil Sethi, MD, Department of Neurology

Julie A. Kurek, MD, Department of Neurology

Colin McLeod, MD Department of Neurology

Fernando L. Vale, MD, Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery

Kelly Stanek, PhD, Department of Neurology, Director of Adult Neuropsychology Service

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If you have any questions regarding movement disorders, please call us at: (706) 721-2798.

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