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NGMC Offers Offers Procedure that Gives Hope to Patients Suffering with Parkinson’s Disease and Essential Tremor

Published on September 04, 2013

There’s an advanced surgical procedure available at Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC), called Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), which can control the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor so you can regain control of your body.

 “Deep Brain Stimulation can really change a patient’s life, because we see benefits immediately,” says John Gorecki, MD, a neurosurgeon with Northeast Georgia Physicians Group (NGPG) Neurosurgery.

DBS involves implanting a thin wire, called a lead, into the brain.  An electrical current is sent through the wire until neurosurgeons find the frequency that best neutralizes the patient’s symptoms and controls the tremor.  The patient stays in the hospital overnight and then comes back two weeks later to have a controller placed for the stimulator, which works like a pacemaker for the brain.

“We recommend patients learn more about the procedure before they reach the late stages of their symptoms,” says Frank McDonald, MD, a neurologist with The Longstreet Clinic, P.C.  “The procedure may allow for the reduction of medications.”

You can learn more about DBS at a free seminar presented by Dr. Gorecki and Dr. McDonald on Sept. 18, 2013.  The seminar will be held at Kingwood Golf Resort in Clayton from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., with registration and a light dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. 

Call 770-219-3840 or register online here.

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