Movement Disorders

The UCSF Surgical Movement Disorders Center provides surgical management of:

. Parkinson’s disease
. Dystonia (pediatric and adult, including spasmodic torticollis)
. Essential tremor
. Post-stroke tremor
. Spasticity (pediatric and adult)
. Severe obsessive compulsive disorder 

UCSF is home to Northern California’s largest program for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. Our affiliated program at the San Francisco Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center is one of only six Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education, and Clinical Centers (PADRECC) established by the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs. A team of neurosurgeons, neurologists, neuropyschologists, and clinical nurse specialists work to provide excellent clinical care to patients and to improve their quality of life.

Surgery can often improve symptoms and lessen pain for patients with movement disorders. The stereotactic and functional neurosurgery techniques used to treat movement disorders at UCSF include:

. Implantation of deep brain stimulators for Parkinson's disease, dystonia, and essential tremor
. Selective denervation for spasmodic torticollis
. Selective rhizotomy for spasticity
. Implantation of baclofen infusion pumps for spasticity

FAQ for patients: Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson's disease

FAQ for patients: Deep Brain Stimulation for Dystonia

Guidelines for Referring Physicians: Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson's Disease

FAQ on eligibility criteria for treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder with deep brain stimulation
Under a humanitarian device exemption for the Medtronic Reclaim DBS system, we are offerring deep brain stimulation for medically refractory severe obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Surgical referrals are evaluated by OCD experts in the UCSF Department of Psychiatry along with neurosurgical staff.

We also participate in several clinical trials of new therapies for movement disorders, including clinical trials for Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, and essential tremor. For more information on enrolling in clinical trials, contact the Department of Neurological Surgery clinic at (415) 353-7500.

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