When you come to Miami Neuroscience Institute for functional neurosurgery, you can expect:
- A personalized approach to each patient, with a goal of finding the right treatment for your specific condition.
- Neurologists and neurosurgeons that have been specially trained in functional neurosurgery treatments and techniques.
- A team that is dedicated to finding a treatment that reduces your symptoms and helps you live a healthy, independent life.
"I'm hoping that this operation, this deep brain stimulation, will make me a father that is proud of his daughter walking down the aisle."
During DBS, your surgeon will place a rigid frame around your head to help guide the team to the exact part of the brain that needs to be treated. Once the frame is in place, the team will numb the scalp, make an incision and drill a small hole in the skull. Your surgeon will then insert a small electrode through the skull and place it on the part of the brain that is causing the tremor or seizure. The electrode will have a temporary battery at first, but your team will replace it with a more permanent battery once they can confirm that the electrode is able to treat your symptoms.
DBS is typically used for patients who are taking medicine more than five times throughout the day to help control symptoms like tremors or involuntary movements. It is most often used to treat Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor.
While DBS is not a cure for these conditions, it can help reduce the frequency or intensity of the symptoms.
Focused ultrasound, or high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU), starts by using low-dose radiation to stun a part of the brain that is causing neurological symptoms, such as a tremor. If the low-dose beam helps the tremor, the team then turns up the frequency on the radiation beam and destroys the part of the brain causing symptoms. Miami Neuroscience Institute is one of fewer than 20 centers in the country with this treatment technology.