The Penn Center for Functional and Restorative Neurosurgery focuses on the surgical restoration of motor function that has been affected by neurological disease. Penn is also an international training center for surgeons in the field of restorative neurosurgery.

The primary surgical treatment for restoring function is deep brain stimulation. Deep Brain Stimulation improves many of the motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease and is a life-altering surgery for many patients. A battery-operated medical device called a neurostimulator — similar to a heart pacemaker and approximately the size of a stopwatch — is surgically implanted in the patient's brain.

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