Stopping Parkinson’s tremors

Neurosurgeon Adam Sachs and Neurologist Tiago Mestre, The Ottawa Hospital

Neurosurgeon Adam Sachs and Neurologist Tiago Mestre are successfully using deep brain stimulation, an advanced treatment to stop patients suffering from the more debilitating motor problems of Parkinson’s disease, including tremors. They have developed an extensive, collaborative program offering this advanced treatment in Ottawa and eastern Ontario, using state-of-the-art technology in the operative suite, and they are researching ways to make it better. Dr. Mestre assesses patients who no longer benefit from standard Parkinson’s medications for their eligibility for deep brain stimulation. Dr. Sachs performs the brain surgery to implant tiny electrodes, which are then programmed after surgery by Dr. Mestre to provide regular impulses to control the tremors and other motor problems. This team is helping improve quality of life for patients with more advanced cases of Parkinson’s disease.


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