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What is Essential Tremor?
Essential Tremor (ET) is a progressive neurological disorder which causes uncontrollable rhythmic shaking of the head, voice, legs, and most commonly, hands. Thought to be due to electrical variations in the brain sending abnormal signals to the muscles, the condition increasingly impairs movement and can seriously affect a person’s quality of life. Often mistaken for Parkinson’s ET is far more common with up to 10 times more cases worldwide. Fortunately for ET sufferers it is treatable with both medication and when indicated, surgery.
Are there other treatments when medication fails?
If you feel that you’re no longer responding satisfactorily to prescribed medication and your essential tremor is making the task of performing everyday activities increasingly difficult you may wish to consider deep brain stimulation (DBS) therapy. DBS is an approved surgical treatment which can help to reduce tremors by up to 80% and greatly improve motor control and coordination.
The procedure involves the placement of a DBS device where fine electrodes are placed into the brain and are stimulated to help regulate abnormal signals and involuntary movements. The level of stimulation received is controlled by a small implant similar to a ‘pace maker’ called a neurostimulator which is placed just under the skin in the upper chest and is connected to the electrodes by a fine wire. When switched on, the DBS device safely and accurately targets and stimulates the affected area immediately controlling the tremors, as can be seen in the video. This innovative device is highly effective in treating and managing severe essential tremors and provides patients with complete control over stimulation levels thanks to its cordless remote control.
Dr Salazar is the Director of Barcelona Parkinson a specialised Neurological Center in Barcelona (Spain).
Highly experienced in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases Dr. Salazar and his team are dedicated to evaluating cases of ET and offering safe and effective DBS treatment with follow up care to carefully assessed candidates. He and his team perform all surgeries at the Terrassa Hospital (Barcelona). He has been practicing the DBS treatment for 15 years, previously in Venezuela and in the last 10 years in Barcelona (Spain). He has performed more than 150 DBS surgeries with excellent results (98,6 percent of pacients without complications occurring at the post operative stage).
If you would like to know more about DBS therapy or wish to have your candidacy for treatment confirmed by Dr Salazar, please contact us today by completing our ‘contact form’ or mailing us at email@example.com. You may also call us to the phone number +34 93 595 25 71.
Quotations for all procedures are available upon request. Please, note that some international insurance companies cover the costs of this treatment. We suggest you to verify it with your insurance provider.