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Penn Neurosurgery Marks Milestone Number of DBS Surgeries

Pah-in-the-news  Patients, family members and physicians from Penn Neurosurgery at Pennsylvania Hospital gathered on Saturday to celebrate the center’s milestone 600th deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery. Penn is one of the largest centers in the world performing this breakthrough surgical treatment for patients with movement disorders including Parkinson’s Disease (PD), essential multiple sclerosis tremor, and dystonia, and being explored for treatment of epilepsy and depression. “By manipulating the brain’s circuitry with a stimulator, you can profoundly impact the patient’s neurological function,” Gordon Baltuch, MD, PhD, Penn neurosurgeon who performs DBS surgery, explained to the Philadelphia Inquirer. The surgery eliminates much of the stiffness, muscle rigidity and shaking common in movement disorders like PD, as many patients at the event could attest. 

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