Jefferson University Hospitals

Parkinson's Disease

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Jefferson's Movement Disorders Program brings together expert neurologists, neurosurgeons and neuropsychologists who have pioneered new treatments for Parkinson's disease. Jefferson Health’s Comprehensive Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorder Center is a Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence. 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 who are not responding to anti-seizure medications (medically refractory Parkinson's disease). DBS has been an FDA-approved treatment for Parkinson’s disease since 2002. An estimated 208,000 DBS devices have been implanted for treatment of neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders worldwide, the vast majority of which were for Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor patients. With more than 20 years’ experience in DBS – and as the only health system in the region to offer Robotic DBS – we are leaders in Robotic Functional Neurosurgery expertise.

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.

Jefferson experts are skilled at performing DBS with patients asleep, unlike at other centers, where DBS is done with patients awake. 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. asleep DBS surgery can reduce the anxiety many have about this surgical procedure. Jefferson Health is the only hospital in the region to routinely offer patients a choice between asleep DBS and conventional DBS.

Make an Appointment

Call 1-800-JEFF-NOW (1-800-533-3669) to make an appointment with a Jefferson Health specialist.