Deep Brain Stimulation and Movement Disorders
Dr. Jonathan Carlson and Dr. Jeffrey Hirschauer at Inland Neurosurgery and Spine Associates have a long history of surgical treatment of movement disorders including Parkinson disease, essential tremor, and dystonia.
More than 350 patients have been treated with deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery over 15 years.
DBS surgical treatment of these disorders is a team effort involving not only neurosurgery but also movement disorder neurology. We work hand-in-hand with neurologists at Northwest Neurological including Dr. David Greeley, Jamie Mark ARNP, and Dr. Jason Aldred. In addition, our surgical center treats patients from the Eastern Washington, Idaho, and Montana region in conjunction with their local neurologist.
DBS surgery is not just a surgery; it is a treatment process. It involves pre-surgical testing including MRI scans of the brain, neurology and neurosurgery clinical consultations, and cognitive testing. The implantation is performed in two surgeries; the first implants the stimulator wires into the brain, the second surgery places the pacemaker. Then intensive neurology clinic visits are necessary for the next 3 to 6 months as the stimulator is adjusted and medications are changed in patients with Parkinson disease. All this is necessary for good clinical effect, personalized to your specific disease.
Videos on Deep Brain Stimulation & Parkinson's Disease
Impact of DBS surgery: A patient's perspective from Medtronic.
Medtronic has numerous educational videos about DBS surgery.