Functional Neurosurgery involves providing comprehensive evaluation and treatment for patients with movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, dystonia, epilepsy, hemi-facial spasms, medically refractory depression and certain chronic pain syndromes. The majority of patients with these disorders can be effectively treated with medications. However, some patients either don’t respond to medication or initially respond to medication that eventually becomes ineffective. For patients like this, who are medically refractory, deep brain stimulation surgery is a treatment option.
In deep brain stimulation procedures, electrodes are implanted into specific targets in the brain and then connected to a pacemaker device that is implanted underneath the collarbone. This provides continuous electrical stimulation to the affected areas of the brain resulting in improvement in the symptoms of these movement disorders.
The overwhelming majority of patients who undergo deep brain stimulation surgery experience a very significant improvement in their symptoms and a very significant improvement in quality of life. A successful deep brain stimulation program requires the cooperation of numerous different medical specialties including neurosurgery, neurology, neuropsychology, radiology and anesthesiology.
At Citi Neuro Centre, our mission is to provide each patient with individualized care in a unique combination of compassion and world-class technical therapy. Working together with a variety of experts, a team approach is utilized in order to meet the needs of each individual patient while providing state of the art surgical treatments.