Deep brain stimulation is a procedure used to control motor symptoms in patients with Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, dystonia and other movement disorders. Surgeons implant special wires tipped with electrical contacts into the brain to deliver mild electrical pulses to re-balance neural circuits and influence nerve activity. The wires are then connected to a device similar to a pacemaker that is implanted near the collarbone.
Typically, patients remain awake during the procedure to help the surgeons by testing certain movements.
Monday's procedure will be performed by Dr.
AGH is involved in research of DBS as a treatment of obesity by reducing food cravings and appetite in patients, and also for treating psychiatric conditions including obsessive compulsive disorder and addictions.
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