Jefferson Health

Parkinson's Disease

Jefferson's Movement Disorders Program brings together expert neurologists, neurosurgeons and neuropsychologists who have pioneered new treatments for Parkinson's disease. Your medical team will work with you and your family to manage the disease, minimize symptoms and improve your overall quality of life. While we have yet to find a cure for Parkinson's disease, with proper medical therapy we can control the symptoms for many years. Our treatment plan integrates the latest pharmacologic therapies, and patients also have the opportunity to participate in investigational clinical trials and research.

Deep Brain Stimulation Treatment

In addition, Jefferson neurosurgeons perform deep brain stimulation (DBS), a minimally invasive, highly effective neurosurgical procedure that may be an option for patients with medically refractory Parkinson's disease.

The purpose of DBS is to deliver controlled electrical signals to precisely targeted areas of the brain through a tiny, implanted wire with electrodes attached. The electrical stimulation helps control the tremors that are characteristic of Parkinson's disease by shutting off the hyperactivity in the portion of the brain which controls this movement. This treatment may have several advantages over other treatments because its effects are very precise and controlled. A successful outcome requires close collaboration with multiple specialists in a multidisciplinary center like Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience.