Saturday, March 31, 2012

Coming Soon to Anchorage, Deep Brain Stimulation Symposium

Medtronic and Swedish Hospital are teaming up to do a blockbuster presentation on Deep Brain Stimulation a surgical procedure that can have significantly beneficial results for people with Parkinson's Disease as well as other brain maladies, including essential tremor and depression. The presentation will be called Diagnosis, Management and Surgical Therapies for Essential Tremor, Parkinson's Disease and Dystonia. Speakers will include

•Jennifer Witt, MD Medical Director, Division of Movement Disorders, Swedish Neuroscience Specialists

•Peter Nora, MD Medical Director, DBS Program, Swedish Neuroscience Specialists

•Peggy O'Neil Shortt, ARNP DBS Program Manager, Swedish Neuroscience Specialists
The event is to take place Thursday, May 17, 2012, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Registration opens at 10:30 a.m.
It will be held at
Anchorage Senior Center
1300 East 19th Avenue
Anchorage, Alaska 99501

*Pre-registration is required for this FREE event. Lunch is provided.

To register, please contact Keely Dailey:
425-213-2147 or
Bring your best DBS questions. These people have been at this for some time now, and should have answers.


Guitar Man said...

Peter, I have been referred to the neuro-surgeon who does DBS by my neurologist. I am thinking hard about this. He believes I am a great candidate. I am scheduled with the neuro-surgeon for a consult in May. I will let you know. Know of anyone with an Atypical Parkinsonian disorder who had this successfully?

Peter Dunlap-Shohl said...

Hey Dan, I am very surprised and happy that you have a shot at this. The last I heard atypical Parkonsonism was ruled out as not appropriate for DBS. I will try to remember to ask the visiting DBS squad if they know of a new protocol.

Perhaps there is some new approach to programming the unit that enables them to recommend DBS in some instances of atypical Parkinson's . Another possibility is that they have found it effective in certain types of atypical PD.

I would question my neuro thoroughly about these issues and find out why he believes this is a good idea. You do seem to me to cope amazingly well with your particular strain of this malady. Maybe he has you marked as a case of atypical -atypical Parkinson's Disease!

I think I've seen you post to the Yahoo DBS list. I'd air these questions there, too. They have some knowledgeable and smart people that contribute.

Wishing you the best,


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