Functional Neurosurgery (Neuromodulation)

Functional neurosurgery includes the surgical treatment of movement disorders (Parkinson's disease, dystonia, tremor), spasticity and chronic pain.

Treatment is carried out in close interdisciplinary cooperation with the Department of Neurology (Director Prof. Dr. Storch), Neuropediatrics (Prof. Dr. Bertsche) and Pediatric Psychiatry (Prof. Dr. Buchmann). The affected function of both brain and spinal cord are usually treated by the use of neurostimulation electrodes with battery implants.

These procedures usually require computer-assisted targeting of the deep brain stimulation probe. In the Department of Neurosurgery, these fine electrodes are implanted with high precision and millimeter accuracy into the diseased brain region, where they lead to normalization of movement through electrical impulses.

The department has many years of expertise in the treatment of movement disorders (dystonia, tremor, Parkinson's disease) and the implantation of pain and spasticity pumps, as well as spinal cord stimulation for chronic pain and the implantation of vagus nerve stimulators for epilepsy and depression. There are plans to perform many of these functional interventions robotically in the near future.