Deep Brain Stimulation

Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) for Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's disease results when some of the nerve centers in the brain lose their ability to regulate muscle movement. As a result, an individual may have rigid muscles, tremors and difficulty walking and swallowing. Our nationally recognized physicians are expert in a procedure called "deep brain stimuation" in which a stimulator is implanted to assist with the movement disorder. The stimulator is placed deep within the thalamus of the brain and is attached by an internal wire to a pacemaker-like stimulator in the chest cavity. This stimulator can be programmed and controlled to help reduce or eliminate the tremors associated with Parkinson's disease.

Charles Munyon, MD – Deep Brain Stimulation for Movement Disorders

Charles Munyon, MD, Director of Functional and Restorative Neurosurgery at Temple University Hospital, discusses different types of movement disorders and explains how deep brain stimulation can potentially help to treat them.