WNYW-TV - Deep Brain Stimulation To Treat Parkinson's Disease
Parkinson's disease has no cure but a device is giving patients hope. "I thought of myself, you know, what I'm going to do for the rest of my life, how I'm going take care of myself, how I'm going take care of my family?" said Jeffrey Joseph, who nine years ago got a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease, a disabling condition that robs the body of normal movement causing uncontrollable tremors. But today you can hardly tell Jeffrey has Parkinson's thanks to a deep brain stimulation device, or DBS, that is implanted in his brain. Dr. Brian Kopell, a neurosurgeon at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, said, "This operation is really about making peoples' lives much much better, and and the sooner they get into the operating room, the bigger the benefit that they actually will get," he said. “To see people return to a normal lifestyle or more normal lifestyle, there's nothing like it in the world," he said.
- Dr. Brian Kopell, Associate Professor, Neurosurgery, Director, Center for Neuromodulation, The Mount Sinai Medical Center