Advancements in Parkinson's treatments
In 2017, Hollywood Private Hospital became the first healthcare facility in Australia to use a new directional system to perform Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) and more effectively reduce the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease and Essential Tremor.
DBS is known for its ability to help individuals with Parkinson’s Disease to regain dexterity and mobility, restoring their independence. The treatment also reduces the patient’s need for medication, in Essential Tremor, it suppresses the tremor to the extent where people can lead normal lives again.
Using the directional system, the procedure involves mild electrical impulses which are generated by a stimulator that is implanted around the chest in a similar way to a pacemaker. The electrical stimulation travels along thin wires called leads to specific areas of the brain to target symptoms.