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 2017, Dr. Honey was the first to prove that spasmodic dysphonia (SD) could be dramatically improved with deep brain stimulation (DBS)[1]. In 2019, with a grant from the National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association, he will publish the first prospective, double-blind, randomized, trial to confirm that DBS could improve both the voice and the quality of life of patients with SD[2].

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

[1] Journal of Neurosurgery (2017) 17:1-8.
[2] Journal of Neurosurgery (2019) pending.

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 150,000 patients with Parkinson’s disease 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. The therapy can thus be adjusted to match what the individual patient needs.


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