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 watch the personal story of one of our patients who has kindly agreed to share his story on YouTube. Click “Ray’s Story” to watch the video (produced by Vancouver Coastal Health for VCH News).

This is another link to Ray’s Story


Available Surgeries

The following surgeries are available for tremor:

We have published our research on bilateral thalamic DBS for head tremor (see our Research page).



DBS Clinic information (click here)

After DBS surgery, the stimulation settings can be adjusted to maximize the benefits and minimize any side effects. The DBS adjustments take place in the DBS Clinic at Vancouver General Hospital in the Diamond Healthcare Centre on the 8th Floor.


The picture below is of a painting entitled “Starry Night” by Vincent van Gogh in 1889. The looping light reminds me of the spiral drawings we use to test the writing of our essential tremor patients.

starry night