Overview: Dystonia is a disease where affected muscles in the body contract involuntarily. There are several types of dystonia:
1. Generalized: Most if not all the body is affected.
2. Focal: The most common type, one specific part of the body is affected.
3. Segmental: Two or more adjacent areas of the body are affected.
Symptoms: Uncontrollable muscle contractions.
Treatments: In some cases medication can control the effects of Dystonia. However, in other cases a surgery may need to be performed where the area of the brain or spine responsible for the movement in that specific site it disabled or regulated to a point where there are no more contractions. Our surgeons work closely with a team of Neurologist, Psychologist, and therapist to coordinate surgical interventions for patients who will benefit from Deep Brain Stimulation. We are able to do awake surgeries to test the patient during surgery to improve functional outcomes. CBSI uses advanced techniques in micro-electrode recordings to provide precise electrode placement for Deep Brain Stimulation. Often, patients who have had surgery report a significant functional improvement and complete change for a positive quality of lifestyle after surgery. Deep Brain Stimulation can be one of the most rewarding surgeries for improving a patients quality of life.