Focused Ultrasound To Treat Hand Tremors
Learn about the life-changing power of incisionless focused ultrasound. The Sentara Comprehensive Movement Disorders Program provides expert treatment for those living with movement disorders. The focused ultrasound treatment may be an option for patients with essential tremor or tremor-dominant Parkinson's disease. Using advanced technology, neurosurgeons can treat deep in the brain with no surgical incisions. Sound waves pass safely through a patient's skull to heat and precisely ablate (destroy) the target cells in the thalamus responsible for the tremor.
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See the technology at work: Meet Albert 'Albie' Bunnell, diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson's disease, before and after MRI Guided Focused Ultrasound.
Expertise. Our comprehensive team offers a full evaluation for patients with essential tremor. Functional neurosurgeon Dr. Shannon Clark and her team will do a thorough individualized evaluation to optimize treatment outcomes. There is no radiation, no anesthesia, no implanted devices, and no overnight hospital stay with focused ultrasound (FUS) treatment. Many insurance providers cover focused ultrasound treatment, including Medicare, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, and Cigna. The Focused ultrasound procedure is currently only offered at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Under the professional care of Sentara’s vascular and MRI team, each patient has a host of care providers specially trained to ensure a safe MRI-guided procedure.
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