DBS offers a chance to return to a more normal life for people living with debilitating movement disorders like Parkinson’s.Joshua P. Aronson, MD
A diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease or tremors and other involuntary movements can be a scary experience for a patient and their loved ones. The loss of total control of the body often leaves patients feeling helpless and looking for a solution to their symptoms.
For some people with movement disorders, deep brain stimulation (DBS)—a surgical treatment to reduce tremors and block involuntary movements—can offer significant relief to unwanted symptoms. On Thursday, April 14, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health will host the next installment of its Healthy Living Series of webinars. “Providing Relief for Movement Disorders: Understanding Deep Brain Stimulation” will address how DBS works, its benefits and challenges, who is a good candidate for DBS, and an overview of the surgical evaluation and procedure including advances in robotic and “asleep” options, as well as recovery and healing.
Panelists for this webinar will include:
- Joshua P. Aronson, MD, neurosurgeon, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC)
- Rebecca J. Thompson, MD, neurologist, DHMC
- Carissa L. Thurston, RN, CNRN, neurosurgery clinic nurse, DHMC
“DBS offers a chance to return to a more normal life for people living with debilitating movement disorders like Parkinson’s,” Aronson said. “I look forward to taking part in this Healthy Living Series event to educate people and their families about options they have for improving their quality of life with a movement disorder.”
“Providing Relief for Movement Disorders: Understanding Deep Brain Stimulation” will be held at 6 pm via Zoom. Registration is free of charge. To register and for more information, visit https://bit.ly/3KskXi6.
DARTMOUTH-HITCHCOCK HEALTH (D-HH), New Hampshire’s only academic health system and the state’s largest private employer, serves a population of 1.9 million across Northern New England. D-H provides access to more than 2,400 providers in almost every area of medicine, delivering care at its flagship hospital, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon, NH. DHMC was named in 2019 as the #1 hospital in New Hampshire by U.S. News & World Report, and recognized for high performance in 13 clinical specialties and procedures. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health also includes the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, one of only 51 NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation; the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, the state’s only children’s hospital; affiliated member hospitals in Lebanon, Keene, and New London, NH, and Windsor, VT, and Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire; and 24 Dartmouth-Hitchcock clinics that provide ambulatory services across New Hampshire and Vermont. The D-H system trains nearly 400 residents and fellows annually, and performs world-class research, in partnership with the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and the White River Junction VA Medical Center in White River Junction, VT.