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What's Hot in PD?: Current Steering and New Deep Brain Stimulation Technologies: What’s Here and What’s Coming

Date: 
Friday, November 4, 2016
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

A surprising fact about deep brain stimulation (DBS) A surgical treatment for Parkinson's disease. A special wire (lead) is inserted into a specific area of the brain responsible for movement. The lead is connected to a pacemaker-like device implanted in the chest region.

What's Hot in PD? The Myth About Focused Ultrasound Therapy Being the Scalpel-less Cure for Parkinson’s Disease

Date: 
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

We are blessed to have the terrific and free Parkinson's Foundation 1-800-4PD-INFO Helpline staffed by nurses and social workers with experience in the field. Recently, many people have called the Helpline after seeing a video declaring focused ultrasound therapy as “the scalpel-less cure for Parkinson’s disease.” The Helpline staff thought it important to objectively explore this therapy and discuss whether it is indeed a scalpel-less cure.

What's Hot in PD? Time to Consider GPi DBS for Parkinson’s Disease: A Shift in the Practice of Patient Selection for DBS

Date: 
Monday, July 2, 2012
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

A huge question facing Parkinson’s disease patients and clinicians has been “What is the best target for deep brain stimulation (DBS) A surgical treatment for Parkinson's disease. A special wire (lead) is inserted into a specific area of the brain responsible for movement. The lead is connected to a pacemaker-like device implanted in the chest region.

What's Hot in PD? MRI and Deep Brain Stimulation Devices: Is it Safe to Have an MRI with a DBS in Place?

Date: 
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

There has been a great deal of recent controversy as to whether an MRI can be safely performed in people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) with deep brain stimulation (DBS) A surgical treatment for Parkinson's disease. A special wire (lead) is inserted into a specific area of the brain responsible for movement. The lead is connected to a pacemaker-like device implanted in the chest region.

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