The neurosurgeons at Penn Medicine's Center for Functional and Restorative Neurosurgery are leaders in breakthrough surgical treatments for patients with movement disorders including Parkinson's disease, tremor from multiple sclerosis or other causes, dystonia, and medically intractable epilepsy.
Penn neurosurgeons are pioneers in the use of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS). This life-changing procedure can greatly reduce motor symptoms that accompany Parkinson's disease or other conditions and improve patients' abilities to perform daily activities.
Penn has performed more than 1,200 Deep Brain Stimulations, making it one of the largest treatment centers in the United States.
The Center for Functional and Restorative Neurosurgery also serves as the surgery center for the restoration of function affected by neurological disease and is an international training center for surgeons in the field. In addition to DBS, neurosurgeons at the center perform vagal nerve stimulation and targeted cranial resection for treatment of medically refractory epilepsy.
Functional and Restorative Neurosurgery Research
The Penn Center for Functional and Restorative Neurosurgery sponsors a host of clinical trials. Current trials include:
Penn neurosurgeons are investigating innovative technology to make surgery safer and more effective, and expanding their research focus to include neuro-psychiatric conditions such as depression under careful clinical trial protocols.
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MR-guided Focused Ultrasound (MRgFUS) is a medical imaging treatment for patients who suffer from essential tremor.
Penn offers leading-edge surgical techniques that focus on the restoration of motor function affected by neurological disease.
Hear the stories of patients who Penn Medicine has helped to break through their darkness and find new hope.
Meet the team members of the Center for Functional and Restorative Neurosurgery.