Parkinson’s Treatments – Deep Brain Stimulation
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.
For more information about DBS and Parkinson’s disease, please visit www.parkinson.org.