Parkinson’s Treatments – Deep Brain Stimulation

Parkinson’s disease

Parkinson’s disease


A neurosurgeon treating patients through the Seton Brain & Spine Institute in Austin, Texas, Robert Buchanan, MD has conducted published research on deep brain stimulation. In fact, Robert Buchanan, MD’s work has appeared in such outlets as the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society.

For movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, deep brain stimulation (DBS) represents an effective option for mitigating symptoms. The treatment is reserved for those patients whose quality of life has been substantially degraded by Parkinson’s disease or other disorders.

During the procedure, a trained neurosurgeon implants a thin electrode into a specific part of the brain. The electrode is connected to a special computer that emits electrical pulses that disrupt abnormal brain activity and improve motion control.

DBS is fairly safe, though it is not without risk. Like in other brains surgeries, such complications as bleeding, stroke, infection, and seizures can occur during or after the operation. The brain stimulation itself can also lead to side effects like numbness and difficulties speaking.

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About robertbuchananmd

A board certified psychiatrist and neurosurgeon, Dr. Robert Buchanan, MD currently holds posts at a variety of central Texas medical and academic institutions. As Chief of Functional and Restorative Neurosurgery & Neuroscience at the Seton Healthcare Brain and Spine Institute, Dr. Buchanan performs a full spectrum of neurosurgical procedures. In addition to treating general disorders of the brain, spine, and peripheral nerves, Dr. Buchanan is also trained in a range of subspecialty fields including epilepsy, Parkinson's disease, Tourette syndrome, dystonia, and deep brain stimulation. From its location in Austin, the Seton Healthcare Brain and Spine Institute has been serving the medical needs of central Texas since 2010. Dr. Buchanan serves as an Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Austin (UTA) and at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He teaches medical courses to both the Psychiatry and Neurology residents. He also teaches a course at UTA called "Neurobiology of Disease." This course is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. The graduate section emphasizes "translational research techniques and thinking." He is training the next generation of research scientists to use basic science techniques to solve clinical neurological diseases by introducing them to relevant scientific and clincial principles. Educating the next generation of physicians and scientists is very important to Dr. Buchanan, who himself is an accomplished "Physician-Scientist." Dr. Buchanan's undergraduate education was at the University of Chicago. The Universtiy of Chicago has had the most number of Nobel Laureates both as students and faculty. Proceeding to earn his MD with Distinction in Research from the Saint Louis University School of Medicine in 1993, Dr. Buchanan went on to complete an internship at Jackson Memorial Hospital at the University of Miami. This internship was followed by dual residencies in Psychiatry and Neurosurgery at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Robert Buchanan, MD has also completed fellowships in Psychobiology and Psychopharmacology at UCSD, as well as a fellowship in Epilepsy Surgery at Yale University. He has been treating patients in central Texas since 2007.

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