Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson's Disease Now at WMC

Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson's Disease Now at WMC
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DBS Surgery for Parkinson's

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A surgical option for Parkinson's Disease is now offered at Winchester Medical Center. 


Dale Sines, age 70, was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2005, and underwent the first Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery to be performed at WMC. The two-part DBS surgical process beginning on September 18, 2012, when Dr. Lee Selznick placed electrodes in the area of the brain known as the globus pallidus. The second phase of the process took place October 5 when the Deep Brain Stimulator was implanted in his chest and connected to the electrodes. 

Working with Dr. Selznick was neurologist Dr. Mariecken Fowler who coordinated the micro-electrode recording and programming of the deep brain stimulator. On Monday, October 8, Dr. Fowler activated the DBS device. Mr. Sines gained immediate relief from a number of the symptoms associated with his disease: his hand tremors stopped, his range of motion increased and he walks more comfortably and confidently. He reports his ability to sleep has made a remarkable improvement. 

Hear from Dale and his physicians as they discuss the landmark procedure and the resulting outcome.