Parkinson’s Disease

Watch a Video on DBS for Parkinson’s disease (Global NEWS, April 2, 2018) (adjust the volume with your mouse at bottom of the video and sorry about the advertisement that precedes the news story)       This information is designed only to help patients talk with their physicians about Parkinson’s disease (PD) and is not...

Tremor

As reviewed on our Parkinson’s Disease page, tremor is rhythmic shaking. It can be caused by Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, stroke, trauma, or a genetic condition called Essential Tremor. Patients who have a poor response to their medications or who can not tolerate them have the option of surgical treatment.   Please...

Dystonia

Watch a Video on DBS for Parkinson’s and Dystonia (Global NEWS, April 2, 2018) (adjust the volume with your mouse at bottom of the video and sorry about the advertisement that precedes the news story)     This information is designed to help patients talk to their physicians about dystonia and is not intended to provide treatment...

Trigeminal Neuralgia

This information is designed only to help patients talk with their physicians about Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) and is not intended to provide treatment guidelines. There are some excellent patient support group web sites that you might wish to review. Trigeminal Neuralgia Association of Canada TNA The Facial Pain Association Lecture on...

Hemifacial Spasm

This information is designed only to help patients talk with their physicians about Hemifacial Spasm (HFS) and is not intended to provide treatment guidelines. Introduction HFS is a neurologic condition with uncontrolled, repeated contractions of the muscles on one side of the face. It usually begins around the eye and may spread down the face to...

Multiple Sclerosis

This information is designed only to help patients talk with their physicians about Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and is not intended to provide treatment guidelines. Most of the symptoms caused by MS are well treated with appropriate medications under the guidance of Neurologists. The MS Clinic at the University of British Columbia has an international...

Dental Neuralgia or Anesth

This information is designed to help patients talk to their neurosurgeons about their facial pain. It is not intended to give specific treatment guidelines.   Introduction There are many different pathologies that can cause pain in the region of the face. The most common causes are dental (e.g. sore tooth) and sinus pain (e.g. sinusitis). Our...

Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia

This information is designed only to help patients talk with their physicians about Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia (GPN) and is not intended to provide treatment guidelines. Introduction Glossopharyngeal neuralgia is a very rare neurologic condition that causes intermittent, extremely painful, one-sided throat pain. It is exactly analogous to the...

HELPS syndrome

Hemi-LaryngoPharyngeal Spasm or HELPS   Our sentinel paper describing the first case of HELPS was published in the Journal of Neurosurgery (in July 2016). Here is a link to the paper. Our more extensive description of HELPS has just been published in the Journal of Neurosurgery (in July 2018). Here is a link to the paper. We will be...

Information for Physicians

Cautery During Surgery Patients with DBS occassionally need other operations. We are quite proud that many of our patients have gone on to require hip and knee replacements because of their increased mobilization after DBS. Surgeons should use bipolar cautery if possible. In an article in the British Journal of Anesthesia (2005)  95:424-427,...

Post Herpetic Neuralgia (o

This information is designed to help patients talk to their neurosurgeons about their facial pain.  It is not intended to give specific treatment guidelines. Introduction There are many different pathologies that can cause pain in the region of the face.  The most common causes are dental (e.g. sore tooth) and sinus pain (e.g. sinusitis).  Our...

Spasmodic Dysphonia

This information is intended for the patients enrolling in our clinical trial of Deep Brain Stimulation for Spasmodic Dysphonia – DEBUSSY Trial.   Rational for Trial: Our centre routinely treats patients who have essential tremor (ET) with deep brain stimulation (DBS). This operation is designed to reduce their tremors. We have...