Parkinson’s Disease

Watch a Video on DBS for Parkinson’s disease (click for 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) . Read an article about one of our patients with Parkinson’s (click for the Vancouver Sun, Feb 2020) . This information is...

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...

DBS Clinic

After implantation of the deep brain stimulator (DBS), the stimulation can be adjusted to maximize the benefits and minimize any side effects. This adjustment of the stimulator is done in the DBS clinic using a very small hand-held computer which rests on top of your shirt. The DBS clinic is located on the eighth floor of the Diamond Healthcare...

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...

Hemi-Laryngopharyngeal Spa

Hemi-LaryngoPharyngeal Spasm or HeLPS   Our sentinel paper describing the world’s first recognized 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 was published in the Journal of Neurosurgery (in July 2018). Here is a link to the paper. Our...

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,...

MVD2021

The top neurosurgeons in the world have been invited to the 3rd World Congress on MVD neurosurgery in Vancouver. Dr. Honey is the current President of this Society and will host the meeting. The meeting was scheduled for July 2020 but was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It will take place in Vancouver in the summer of 2021. Please see...

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

We have a separate website for patients with Spasmodic Dysphonia (SD).   Please visit StopSD.com for information of DBS for SD   The information below is intended for the patients who were in our clinical trial of Deep Brain Stimulation for Spasmodic Dysphonia – the DEBUSSY Trial. Rational for Trial: Our centre routinely treats...

VANCOUVER syndrome

Vagus Associated Neurogenic Cough Occurring due to Unilateral Vascular Encroachment of its Root. Our team has recently successfully operated on the first case in the world where a neurogenic cough was cured by a unilateral decompression of the vagus nerve. We hope this new syndrome will become known as Vagus Associated Neurogenic Cough...