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.
- Experience. Mayo Clinic specialists have successfully used deep brain stimulation to treat hundreds of people who have essential tremor, Parkinson's disease, epilepsy 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. The Mayo Clinic deep brain stimulation teams are studying the use of new types of stimulating systems for treatment of essential tremor and Parkinson's disease.
Mayo Clinic doctors are also researching use of deep brain stimulation as a treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder and other conditions.
In addition, Mayo Clinic researchers are studying the possibility of performing the initial deep brain stimulation surgery while people are unconscious instead of awake.
Neurologists in the Mayo Clinic 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 MRI and awake brain surgery during deep brain stimulation.
Mayo Clinic is one of the leading deep brain stimulation implantation sites in the country — and one of the few facilities to offer this advanced procedure prior to FDA approval. Deep brain stimulation can significantly reduce seizures in people with difficult-to-treat epilepsy. Experts at Mayo Clinic have performed deep brain stimulation for a decade with good effectiveness, so they're able to offer you the highest levels of safety and experience.
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Expertise and rankings
Nationally recognized expertise
Neurosurgeons first used deep brain stimulation in the United States in 1997 at Mayo Clinic. Mayo Clinic doctors now treat about 200 people each year with deep brain stimulation.
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 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., ranks No. 1 for neurology and neurosurgery in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/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 Children's Center has again been ranked as the top performing children's hospital in Minnesota, the Dakotas and Iowa on U.S. News & World Report's 2018–2019 Best Children's Hospitals rankings.
Learn more about Mayo Clinic's neurosurgery and neurology departments' expertise and rankings.
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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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