The primary mission of the Center for Movement Disorders is to provide advanced state-of-the-art neurosurgical treatments for patients with disabling neurological disorders.
The Center for Movement Disorder Surgery was established in 1998 as a collaboration between the Departments of Neurology and Neurological Surgery of Columbia University. Our primary mission is to provide advanced state-of-the-art neurosurgical treatments for patients with disabling neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, and dystonia, among others.
The decision to undergo surgery for Parkinson’s disease or other movement disorders is reached only after much deliberation. Patients with mild symptoms should not have this surgery. However, when conventional medical treatment has proved inadequate to control disabling symptoms, neurosurgical techniques such as deep brain stimulation may be an option.
To meet the growing demand for state-of-the art care for patients with movement disorders, we have brought together personnel and resources to create a comprehensive movement disorder surgery program. In the process, we have become one of the busiest and most experienced centers for deep brain stimulation techniques in the United States. Our surgeons perform approximately 50 deep brain stimulation implantations annually, and our clinical experience to date exceeds 400 patients.
The Center for Movement Disorder Surgery provides complete care to all patients through every stage of the surgical procedures, from patient education and pre-operative screening, to intra-operative brain mapping and surgery, to careful post-operative care and stimulator adjustments.
For more information, visit the Center for Movement Disorder Surgery at the Neurological Institute of New York.
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