Posts Tagged ‘Deep Brain Stimulation surgery’

Parkinson’s patient worried about DBS surgery — but not about the team at OHSU

Marilee Thompson worried about having surgery to treat her Parkinson’s disease. She knew the risks of deep brain stimulation surgery were low, she said, but “somebody makes up the statistics” on the few who have complications. What she didn’t worry about was the surgical team at OHSU. Thompson knew that Dr. Kim Burchiel, an OHSU neurosurgeon, had been doing deep brain stimulation for a long time. He was the first doctor in the U.S. to … Read More

Deep brain stimulation surgery: Eugene patient shares his story

Parkinson’s disease nearly overwhelmed Colin Halstead’s life. He needed two canes to walk. He took 27 pills a day. His voice was hard to understand, and his ability to make facial expressions had all but slipped away. His employer thought he needed to go on disability. Then he faced needing his parents to move from Sutherlin to Eugene to take care of him. At 48, he felt like a child again. “Just thinking about being sick for … Read More

Considering deep brain stimulation? OHSU maps treatment step by step

Many people with Parkinson’s disease or essential tremor reach a day when medication just doesn’t cut it anymore. Sometimes the medication doesn’t provide the relief it once did. Or patients have to take such high doses that side effects spiral beyond what they can tolerate. That’s when some turn to deep brain stimulation surgery, or DBS. At OHSU, patients who have Parkinson’s or essential tremor and are considering DBS receive a step-by-step treatment plan. The … Read More

7 facts about deep brain stimulation ─ and why it might not be as scary as you think

There’s no getting around it. Deep brain stimulation, or DBS, requires brain surgery. And that ─ understandably ─ makes people nervous. But DBS might not be as invasive or scary as you think. DBS can be a powerful treatment for patients with Parkinson’s disease or essential tremor. Tiny electrodes, or leads, are placed in the brain and connected to a pacemaker-like device. The device sends low-voltage electrical pulses to help control movement. Many patients enjoy … Read More

‘The mysteries of the mind’ — Brain Awareness Season lectures begin Feb. 25

Oregonians becoming “brain aware” — that is the goal of the OHSU Brain Institute’s Brain Awareness Season Lecture Series. Everyone wonders or worries about their brain. There is so much to learn and understand. And brain science — neuroscience — transforms society, from parenting to prisons, from autism discoveries to Alzheimer’s prevention and from creating new policies to improving current medical practices. The 2013 Brain Awareness Lecture series — which begins Feb. 25 and runs … Read More

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