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Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center first to implant FDA-approved deep brain stimulation device

HOUSTON (July13, 2020)

Device will help physicians develop data driven treatment for neurologic and movement disorders

Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (TMC) recently became the first hospital in Texas to implant the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Percept™ PC Deep Brain Stimulation system by Medtronic in patients with neurologic disorders.

“We are honored to be the first hospital in Texas to implant this device in our patients,” said Albert Fenoy, M.D., director of Deep Brain Stimulation Program and neurosurgeon at UTHealth Neurosciences at Memorial Hermann-TMC. “This device will allow our team to capture our patient’s brain signals and help us to develop data driven treatment for them.” Fenoy is also associate professor of neurosurgery in the Vivian L. Smith Department of Neurosurgery at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

The first-of-its-kind neurostimulator uses BrainSense™ Technology and has the ability to capture and record the user’s brain signals while delivering therapy to patients with neurologic disorders associated with such conditions as Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, dystonia, epilepsy or obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Patients undergo the deep brain stimulation system implantation in two phases over two hospital visits. During the first visit, the patient undergoes surgery to have electrodes implanted in their brain. On the patient’s second visit, connecting wires and neurostimulator is implanted.

Deep brain stimulation is a surgical treatment option for patients suffering from Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders. Through a small pacemaker-like device, the brain is sent mild electrical signals to a targeted area in the brain related to the symptoms of a neurological disorder. The signals help reorganize the brain’s electrical impulses and results in improved symptoms for many neurological conditions.

For more information on deep brain stimulation treatment at UTHealth Neurosciences and Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center visit http://neuro.memorialhermann.org/conditions-treatments/deep-brain-stimulation/.