Movement disorders afflict nearly ten-percent of our population. These disorders include Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, essential tremors and restless leg syndrome. On this episode of Patient Power, Andrew is joined by Dr. Robert Goodkin professor of neurologic surgery at the University of Washington (UW) and co-director of the Gamma Knife Radiosurgery Center at Harborview Medical Center. As director of the Movement Disorders Center at UW and a key colleague to Dr. Goodkin, Dr. Ali Samii also joins the program to shed light on where we are headed. Dr. Samii is associate professor of Neurology and adjunct associate professor of neurological surgery at the University of Washington. He helps the audience understand how tremors are identified and treated, while Dr. Goodkin discusses surgical options benefiting patients with movement disorders.
Andrew and Dr. Samii begin with differentiating tremor types and clearly defining each. Dr. Samii addresses how patients can better decide when shakiness in their hands or other movements need a professional opinion. He also talks about medications being used to alleviate tremor symptoms such as, topiramate and clonazepam. Dr. Goodkin appropriately joins the discussion with an overview of what high-tech noninvasive surgeries like, Gamma Knife and brain stimulation surgery, are doing for moment disorders. With much controversy and hesitance from various medical professionals, Gamma Knife is used primarily in essential tremor disorders. Hear more about the advantages and disadvantages of Gamma Knife, likely candidates for this procedure and what brain stimulation surgery is doing for patients with movement disorders. If you or a loved one suffers from a movement disorder, don’t miss this insightful program, and please, share it with others.
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