Treatments

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. 

Penn Medicine’s Gordon Baltuch, MD, a professor of Neurosurgery and director of the Penn Center for Functional and Restorative Neurosurgery, is one of the most prolific Deep Brain Stimulation surgeons in the world, having performed over 1,000 procedures at Penn Medicine. 

Penn is one of the first centers in the world to reach this milestone.


  • Awake Deep Brain Stimulation

    Penn's Center for Functional and Restorative Neurosurgery is a leader in Deep Brain Stimulation, the primary surgical treatment for restoring motor function.

  • Asleep Deep Brain Stimulation

    Penn is the only facility in the region that offers Deep Brain Stimulation under general anesthesia while using a sophisticated imaging system called ClearPoint®.

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