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Northeast Georgia Medical Center Offers Procedure That Gives New Hope To Patients Suffering With Parkinson's Disease and Essential Tremor

Published on February 24, 2011
Learn more at a free educational seminar March 11,  23, or April 1 GAINESVILLE, Ga. – 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.

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.

 You can learn more about DBS at a free seminar presented by Dr. Gorecki.  You have three chances to attend: Friday, March 11, at Cornelia First Baptist Church (co-sponsored by Habersham Medical Center), Wednesday, March 23, at Sugar Hill United Methodist Church in Buford, or Friday, April 1, at Walters Auditorium inside Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville. All three seminars will be held from noon – 1 p.m., with registration and an easy-to-eat lunch beginning at 11:30 a.m.  Call 770-219-3840 or email to register.

 "We recommend patients learn more about the procedure before they reach the late stages of their symptoms," says Dr. Gorecki.  "The procedure can eliminate the need for other medications."

Dr. Gorecki received his medical degree from Queens University in Kingston, Canada, and completed his residency in neurosurgery at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada.   He is fellowship trained in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery and epilepsy and is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery.  He is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and was on faculty at Duke University Medical Center as an associate professor in the department of Neurosurgery for more than eight years. 

 These free educational seminars are co-sponsored by Northeast Georgia Medical Center and Northeast Georgia Physicians Group.
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