Deep brain stimulation
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a surgical procedure used to treat disabline neurologial symptoms, most commonly found in Parkinson's disease, such as tremor, rigidity, slowed movement, and gait problems. It is also used for patients who have not responded to conventional treatments, such as those suffering from dystonia and migraine.
DBS involves implanting a lead (also called an electrode) in the patient's brain. The lead is then connected to a neurostimulator (battery pack) implanted under the skin near the collarbone. Impulses from the neurostimulator interfere with and block the electrical signals that trigger motion disorders or pain.
DBS has been used in more than 80,000 Parkinson's patients since 1995, and it has been proven to be more effective than treatment with medication alone.
MVD (microvascular decompression) is typically used to treat trigeminal neuralgia, vagoglossopharyngeal neuralgia, and hemifacial spasm. These are painful conditions caused by an artery or vein compressing a nerve root where it exits the brainstem.
MVD is a major surgery performed under general anesthesia. To perform MVD, your surgeon makes a small incision near the "offendin" nerve and implants a Teflon® felt pad between the blood vessels and the nerve to alleviate the pressure and resulting pain signals.
Percutaneous radio rhizotomy (PRR) is used to treat trigeminal neuralgia, glossopharyngeal neuralgia and cluster headaches. The outpatient surgery is performed while you are consciously sedated.
Guided by an X-ray, your surgeon inserts a thin needle into the area with the "offending" nerve. An electrode at the end of the needle is then heated and used to burn the nerve. The damage to the nerve numbs the pain signal.
Interventional neurology is a developing treatment option for patients with neurological conditions, such as brain aneurysms, stroke, and narrowing blood vessels of the head and neck (arterial stenosis).
Interventional neurological surgery uses X-rays to guide small catheters (thin, hollow tubes) through arteries in the head and neck. Compared to open surgery, this minimally invasive method offers the potential for speedier recoveries and less risk of complications.
Minimally invasive and motion-preserving spine surgery
Our physicians are experts in treating all spine-related conditions and offer a range of treatment options, including minimally invasive procedures.
Minimally invasive procedures access the surgical area using an endoscope, a thin tube outfitted with a light and camera on the end. This technology allows your surgeon to see inside the small incisions on a video monitor.
Compared to open surgery, minimally invasive surgery offers the potential for speedier recoveries and less risk of complications. However, conditions such as major spine deformity, extensive trauma, infection or spinal tumors must be treated with open (traditional) surgery.