The goal of surgical treatment of movement disorders is to improve quality of life. When severe
cases of conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease, dystonia and essential tremor have not
responded to medication, deep brain stimulation may be an option. Of course, not all movement
disorders are right for surgery.
Benefits of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)
This established therapy has been helping people around the world for many years. Among the benefits reported by patients who use DBS along with medication to control their symptoms:
- Expands the window of symptom-free time each day
- Reduces the amount of medication required for symptom control
- Stimulator is adjusted to the needs of the patient
- Surgery is reversible, leaving alternative options open
In addition to reviewing possible benefits with your physician, please make sure you understand possible risks as well.
About DBS Therapy
Using a surgically placed medical device, DBS therapy is used to deliver electrical stimulation to
precisely targeted areas within the brain. The technique involves the surgical insertion of tiny
electrodes deep into the basal ganglia region of the brain. A hair-thin wire is implanted in the
thalamus and connected to a neurostimulator (similar to a cardiac pacemaker) implanted under
the collarbone. This device sends electrical impulses along the wire to the thalamus, interrupting
signals that cause tremor. Patients who undergo the surgery are given a controller, which allows
them to check the battery and to turn the device off.
Patient Education - Understanding Movement Disorders
Movement disorders are progressive neurological diseases that can interfere with movement,
speech, and other body functions. Learn more about common movement disorders and the
option of surgical treatment in this library created for patients by Lyerly Neurosurgery.
Lyerly neurosurgeons are highly experienced with a wide variety of minimally invasive and reconstructive surgical treatment options,
and are often the first to introduce new technologies such as robotic-assisted spine surgery to our region.
Mazor Bilateral Deep Brain Stimulation brings patients comfort
Brad Wallace, MD, PhD, describes bilateral Deep Brain Stimulation using the Mazor
Robotics Renaissance Guidance System. Jerry Bliffen, of Orange Park, and Guy Leblanc, of Jacksonville, show how the surgery helped change their lives and stopped
their tremors. Both Jerry and Guy have what is called essential tremor, which causes their hands to shake.
Why Lyerly Neurosurgery?
Lyerly Neurosurgery has pioneered neurosurgical care nationally since its inception in 1934.
Lyerly neurosurgeons are leaders in minimally invasive spine surgery, have developed medical
devices in use today around the world, and have taught their innovative techniques to
neurosurgeons in other areas of the country. Lyerly is affiliated with Baptist Health and plays a
leadership role in Baptist Neurological Institute, ensuring our patients have access to the highest
level of multidisciplinary care in the region, including clinical trials and the latest protocols.