For Health Professionals
If you would like to contact us or to refer a patient, please call M-Line, 800-962-3555.
We are committed to enhanced access and efficient care for patients being considered for Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS). We are able to schedule initial evaluations within 2 to 3 weeks of being contacted.
The departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery have implemented an expanded, multidisciplinary Movement Disorders Program with new faculty recruitments and an increased commitment to Deep Brain Stimulation for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. The program combines expertise in neurology, neurosurgery, neuroradiology, neuropsychology, speech pathology, and physical medicine and rehabilitation to provide a broad-based approach to treating and managing movement disorders.
We are particularly interested in expanding access to DBS for Parkinson’s disease, tremor and dystonia. Recent data indicates that earlier use of DBS in appropriate Parkinson’s disease patients substantially enhances quality of life. There are approximately 30,000 patients with Parkinson’s disease in Michigan. Of these, approximately 3,000 are likely to benefit from DBS. Industry sources suggest that only an estimated 400-500 Parkinson disease patients in Michigan have undergone DBS.
Good Results for Dystonia Patients
In addition, we are treating patients with severe, medically refractory essential tremor, often with dramatic results. Our team has recently obtained a Humanitarian Device Exemption (HDE) from the FDA to utilize DBS in dystonia patients. The best data indicates that patients with significant primary generalized dystonia or severe cervical dystonia benefit greatly from DBS.