Functional neurosurgery involves the restoration of neurological condition and function for patients with previously untreatable conditions, including movement disorders, epilepsy, peripheral nerve disorders, spasticity and more.
Find out about upcoming clinical trials for movement disorders, including essential tremor and Parkinson's.
About Functional Neurosurgery
Functional neurosurgery involves the restoration of neurological condition and function. This is one of the fastest-growing areas of neurosurgery and provides great hope for patients with previously untreatable conditions, including:
- Movement disorders, including Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor and dystonia
A Multidisciplinary Team
Each patient evaluated by the Functional Stereotactic Neurosurgical Program at UVA is assessed by a large multidisciplinary team specializing in the patient's particular disorder. The clinical team includes specialists in neurosurgery, neurology, physical therapy, neuropsychology and electrophysiology.
A Pacemaker for Your Brain
Deep brain stimulation is a surgical treatment where a medical device is implanted in the brain to treats tremors associated with Parkinson's disease and other disorders. The device, which is like a pacemaker for the brain, sends electrical impulses to specific parts of the brain.
At UVA, our outstanding reputation for this treatment attracts patients from throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Our collaborative team approach provides a rare one-stop shopping experience in which we work together to monitor and manage your treatment for the best possible outcome.
In 2009, the Michael J. Fox Foundation awarded UVA funding to conduct investigations with the National Institutes of Health treating six Parkinson's patients with deep brain stimulation.