Mayo Clinic's approach

  • Teamwork. Mayo Clinic doctors with training in brain conditions (neurologists), brain surgeons (neurosurgeons), doctors with training in mental health conditions (psychiatrists), pain specialists, specialized programming nurses and other specialists use an integrated team approach to treat people who have deep brain stimulation.
  • Research. The Mayo Clinic deep brain stimulation teams have been studying the use of deep brain stimulation for many years. They're currently studying new types of stimulating systems, as well as ways to maximize the effectiveness of the therapy and reduce side effects. Clinical trials may be available to Mayo Clinic patients.

    Neurologists in the Mayo Systems Electrophysiology Laboratory are studying the use of special pulse generators that can also record brain waves from the deep brain stimulating electrodes to determine how stimulation affects these brain waves. Neurosurgeons in the Neural Engineering Laboratory at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota collaborate with engineers to create or adjust devices used to treat conditions affecting your brain.

  • Advanced surgical technology. Specialists at Mayo Clinic use computer-assisted brain surgery, intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging (iMRI) and awake brain surgery during deep brain stimulation. Mayo Clinic surgeons have extensive experience with deep brain stimulation, performing hundreds of these procedures each year.

Expertise and rankings

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic doctors treat more than 300 people each year with deep brain stimulation. Mayo Clinic specialists have used deep brain stimulation to treat people who have essential tremor, Parkinson's disease and dystonia. Doctors have also 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.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., rank among the Best Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., is ranked high-performing for neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic Children's Center has again been ranked as one of the top performing children's hospital in Minnesota, the Dakotas and Iowa on U.S. News & World Report's 2019–2020 Best Children's Hospitals rankings.

Learn more about Mayo Clinic's neurosurgery and neurology departments' expertise and rankings.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

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Clinical trials

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