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Deep brain stimulation

Deep brain stimulation is a surgical intervention used to treat movement disorders, including dystonia, essential tremor and Parkinson’s disease, when the regimen of existing medications and various rehabilitation strategies become less effective in managing symptoms.

DBS administers a well-controlled electrical current into targeted areas of the brain. This electrical current functions as an “off switch” by disrupting abnormal brain signals responsible for the abnormal physical movement. This disruption helps restore normal activity in the brain, thus enabling more controlled movement. DBS does not involve destruction of brain tissue, and its effects are reversible and adjustable.

Diseases and conditions treated

  • Dystonia
  • Epilepsy
  • Essential tremor
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Seizure
  • Spasticity
  • Torticollis

Our team

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Call (804) 828-9165, Option 1 or use our online contact form.

Kathryn L. Holloway, M.D.

Professor, Department of Neurosurgery Director, Richmond PADRECC, McGuire Veterans Administration Hospital Chief, Section of Neurosurgery, Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Administration Hospital View bio »

John D. Ward, M.D., M.S.H.A

Hirschler Professor, Department of Neurosurgery President and chief medical officer, VCU Medical Center/MCV Physicians View bio »