Click on the video to watch an interview by the National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association with Dr. Honey.

Can Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) cure Spasmodic Dysphonia (SD)?

In 2018, Dr. Honey was the first to prove that spasmodic dysphonia (SD) could be dramatically improved with deep brain stimulation (DBS)[1]. In 2021, with a grant from the National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association, he published the first prospective, double-blind, randomized controlled trial to confirm that DBS is safe in patients with Adductor Spasmodic Dysphonia and quantify the benefits for their voice and quality of life [2]. Later in 2021, he also published the first case report of the benefits of DBS for patients with the rare subtype of ABductor spasmodic dysphonia [3].

We are now offering this life changing surgery for patients with SD.

[1] Journal of Neurosurgery (2018) 128(2):575-582.

[2] Neurosurgery (2021) doi: 10.1093/neuros/nyab095

[3] Neurosurgery Open (2021) Volume 2, Issue 3

What is deep brain stimulation (DBS)?

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a neurosurgical technique designed to modulate the function of the brain. It has been used in over 200,000 patients with Parkinson’s disease, tremor, or Dystonia to improve their symptoms. The procedure involves implanting a platinum electrode (wire) into the region of brain that is malfunctioning. The electrode is then connected to a pacemaker that sits permanently under the skin in the chest or belly. The pacemaker then sends a signal through the electrode which can block the abnormal brain activity. If the disease gets worse over time, the signal can be increased with just an office visit. The therapy can thus be adjusted to match what the individual patient needs.


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