Johnston-Willis Hospital offers hope for those suffering from essential tremors, Parkinson’s disease

Johnston-Willis Hospital offers hope for those suffering from essential tremors, Parkinson’s disease

The experienced and caring clinical team at Johnston-Willis Hospital is providing evaluation and treatment for those who have been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease or essential tremors. The goal is to maximize a patient's quality of life and independence.

Treatment plans may include Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) to reduce symptoms of tremor, slowness of movement, stiffness and walking problems caused by movement disorders. This surgical procedure involves implantation of a pacemaker-like device that sends electrical signals to brain areas responsible for body movement.

DBS is often described as a brain pacemaker because constant pulses of electrical charge are delivered at settings that are thought to restore normal brain rhythms, allowing the restoration of more normal movements.

Deep brain stimulation with medications:

  • Provides 5 additional hours of movement control each day.
  • Improves quality of life more than medications alone.
  • Makes it easier to do daily activities like bathing and getting dressed.
  • Significantly reduces medication use, which may mean fewer related side effects.

At our hospital, your clinical team is made up of nurses, a neurosurgeon, and a neurologist specially trained in movement disorders. We focus completely on your comfort and convenience, coordinating everything from testing, diagnosis and evaluations to help you effectively manage your condition.

For a physician referral please call 804-320-DOCS

You may be a candidate for treatment with Deep Brain Stimulation if your Parkinson's symptoms have previously been well controlled with medication but you are now experiencing abrupt on/off fluctuations, involuntary movements called dyskinesias that are caused by medication, or other side effects of medication limiting their usefulness. Also, if you have a tremor (whether caused by Parkinson's disease or essential tremor) that is not responding well to medical therapy. The procedure is completely reversible, brain tissue is not destroyed and the device can be removed leaving no permanent brain lesions.

Deep Brain Stimulation is not a cure for movement disorders, but it can successfully treat symptoms by disrupting the abnormal patterns of brain activity that become prominent in these diseases.