Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgeryoffers minimally invasive and highly effective treatment options for many difficult neurological disorders and diseases. Patients with movement disorders refractory to medication, such as Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, and dystonia, are assessed by a multidisciplinary team from Neurosurgery, Neurology, and Neuropsychology to ascertain whether they are appropriate candidates for a functional intervention.
For patients who suffer from severe spasticity secondary to spinal cord injuries, progressive neurological degenerative disorders, or birth defects, a program for the surgical management of spasticity is available. A physiatrist with special expertise in spasticity is part of the team.
Patients with complex pain disorders refractory to medications are evaluated by a multidisciplinary team of neurosurgeons, neurologists, anesthesiologists, physiatrists, and psychologists. Patients with intractable pain may be appropriate candidates for neurosurgical interventions, such as spinal cord or brain stimulation, or neuroablative procedures, such as a thalamotomy or Dorsal Root Entry Zone (DREZ) procedure.
In July of 1998, Connecticut's only dedicated stereotactic radiosurgery center using a dedicated gamma knife was opened at Yale. This neurosurgical tool has revolutionized treatment of many brain tumors and blood vessel malformations. In addition to being able to treat brain lesions, Yale surgeons also use the gamma knife to treat trigeminal neuralgia, cluster headaches, cancer pain, epileptic seizures and Parkinson's disease.
- Gamma knife stereotactic radiosurgery
- Deep brain stimulation for movement disorders
- Central nervous system ablative techniques for pain
- Brachial plexus surgery
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and of Neuroscience