Patient Information

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Dental Neuralgia or Anesthesia Dolorosa

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...

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,...

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)....

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...

International Patients

            This web site is intended for Canadian patients. Under special circumstances, we will operate on international patients. Typically these patients come from countries where these surgeries are not available and their neurosurgeon has recommended they come...

Post Herpetic Neuralgia (of the face)

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....

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...

VANCOUVER syndrome

Vagus Associated Neurogenic Cough Occurring due to Unilateral Vascular Encroachment of the 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...