Early intervention key to treating Parkinson’s on today’s House Call

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Early intervention is key to treating Parkinson’s disease.

The earlier the disease is detected and the treatment process begins, the better quality of life patients often experience.

Fortunately, there have been many advancements in both surgical and non-surgical treatments for Parkinson’s disease, and the process often involves a multidisciplinary approach of primary care, neurology, neurosurgical and outpatient therapy services tailored to each patient’s individual needs.

A procedure known as deep brain stimulation (DBS) has been extremely successful in the treatment and management of Parkinson’s disease, and for the right candidates, serves as a good compliment to the medications also being used to treat the disease.

DBS uses a surgically implanted, battery-operated medical device called a neurostimulator (similar to a heart pacemaker) to deliver electrical stimulation to targeted areas in the brain to block the abnormal nerve signals that cause tremor and Parkinson’s disease symptoms.

With the many advancements in Parkinson’s disease treatment, both surgical and non-surgical, patients are now living normal life spans, managing their symptoms, and experiencing restored function and significantly improved quality of life.

Our community is fortunate, as Cone Health has an exceptional network of neurosurgeons, neurologists and other related medical experts that are trained in all the latest advancements in treatment options for Parkinson’s disease, allowing patients within the area to receive exceptional, state-of-the-art care close to where they live and work.

Spokesperson Background:
Dr. Joseph Stern is a neurosurgeon at Nova Neurosurgical and a member of the Cone Health medical staff. Dr. Stern is a 1989 graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School.

He completed his residency in neurological surgery at the University of Michigan, and completed a fellowship in spinal surgery at Jean Dudousset, Hospital St. Vincent de Paul in Paris, France.