Dr Arthur Thevathasan
A new form of deep brain stimulation to treat gait and balance disorders in Parkinsons disease
Parkinson's disease & PD-related disorders
parkinson disease | gait disorders | falls | neurophysiology | neurosurgery
Over 64,000 Australians have Parkinsons disease. Most patients with Parkinsons disease ultimately develop gait freezing and poor balance, which impair quality of life and cause falls. Unfortunately, gait freezing and poor balance often dont improve with conventional treatments. We are therefore developing a new treatment for these symptoms, which involves implanting a pacemaker into a very deep brain region called the Pedunculopontine Nucleus.