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Deep Brain Stimulation Gets Police Detective Back on the Job

The pain was unbearable, and the questions even worse. Every month of 2005, Detective Jeffery Hughes of the Madison, WI, Police Department experienced 55 to 60 headaches, each lasting several hours. The headaches brought him to his knees in pain, but it was the recurring question from his daughter that hurt even more: "Mommy, why [...]

  • Experience. Neurosurgeons first used deep brain stimulation in the United States in 1997 at Mayo Clinic in Florida. Mayo Clinic specialists have successfully used deep brain stimulation to treat hundreds of people who have essential tremor, Parkinson's disease and dystonia. Recently, doctors have used deep brain stimulation to treat people who have obsessive-compulsive disorder, cluster headaches, Tourette syndrome, epilepsy and chronic pain that hasn't responded to other treatments.
  • Research. Mayo Clinic doctors are currently researching use of deep brain stimulation as a treatment for major depression and other conditions.
  • Advanced surgical technology. Specialists at Mayo Clinic use computer-assisted brain surgery, intraoperative MRI and awake brain surgery during deep brain stimulation. Mayo Clinic neurosurgeons in the Neural Engineering Laboratory at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota collaborate with engineers to create or adjust devices used to treat conditions affecting your brain.
  • Team approach. Mayo Clinic doctors with training in brain conditions (neurologists), brain surgeons (neurosurgeons), doctors with training in mental conditions (psychiatrists), pain specialists, specialized programming nurses and other specialists use an integrated team approach to treat people who have deep brain stimulation.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is ranked among the Best Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked high performing for neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery.

Mayo Clinic: Answers you can trust

At Mayo Clinic, we assemble a team of specialists who take the time to listen and thoroughly understand your health issues and concerns. We tailor the care you receive to your personal health care needs. You can trust our specialists to collaborate and offer you the best possible outcomes, safety and service.

Mayo Clinic is a not-for-profit medical institution that reinvests all earnings into improving medical practice, research and education. We're constantly involved in innovation and medical research, finding solutions to improve your care and quality of life. Your doctor or someone on your medical team is likely involved in research related to your condition.

Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care — and trusted answers — like they've never experienced.

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