Movement Disorders Program
Under the co-direction of renowned neurosurgeon,
Sandeep Kunwar, MD, and accomplished neurologist Charan Singh, MD, our program can achieve
dramatic results for patients with uncontrollable tremors using revolutionary
deep brain stimulation technology.
Conditions We Treat
The Movement Disorders Program offers patients relief from movement disorders,
- Parkinson's disease
- Essential tremors
Alternative treatment options for movement disorders using Gamma Knife®
technology are evolving rapidly. Patients may soon benefit from expanded
treatment for Parkinson's disease, essential tremors and epilepsy.
Improved Quality of Life
Patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) or other movement disorder conditions
may experience symptoms that include tremors, muscle rigidity, a slowing
of physical movement (bradykinesia) and, in extreme cases, a loss of physical
movement (akinesia). Most movement disorders are both chronic and progressive.
Treating patients with movement disorders using deep brain stimulation
markedly improves quality of life by returning patients to their normal
activities, such as feeding and dressing themselves independently. Many
times, after deep brain stimulation treatment, patients' need for
anti-tremor medications is reduced or eliminated altogether.
How the Technology Works
Our physicians use deep brain stimulation technology to transmit mild electrical
currents, which intercept and block the brain signals that produce uncontrollable shaking.
To target these brain signals, a wire lead with four electrodes at the
tip is implanted into the thalamus area of the brain, which plays a major
role in the body's motor functions. The wire runs under the skin to
a battery-operated pulse generator implanted near the collarbone. Our
specialists program the unit to transmit continuous electrical pulses
to the brain, suppressing tremors caused by PD and other disorders.
More Information for Patients and Families
Informed patients are able to make better decisions about their own health
care. The following links provide you access to more information about
related subject matter:
Parkinson's Disease Foundation
International Essential Tremors Foundation
Visit www.gammaknifeprogram.com for more information, to schedule an appointment
or to ask questions.