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Turning off the Tremors -- Deep Brain Stimulation Helps Patient Enjoy Little Things Again

Mary Daugherty just wanted to sit still. For nearly four decades, the 73-year-old experienced tremors in her hands, arms and head. In 2014, she decided to do something about it. Mary’s journey began when she was in her mid-30s and started to notice a slight trembling in her upper extremities. “I thought I just got [...]

  • 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., ranks No. 1 for neurology and neurosurgery in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery.

May 14, 2014