Dr. Desaloms talks with a patient before surgery.
Deep-brain-stimulation surgery takes about four hours.
Patients are awake during surgery to ensure the device is providing maximum benefit.
Patients feel very little pain because surgeons avoid contact with sensitive nerves.
Dr. Desaloms carefully calibrates his instruments.
Dr. Desaloms is fellowship-trained in stereotactic surgery.
The patient holds a coffee cup during surgery to see how well the DBS device is controlling tremors.
Dr. Stewart constantly checks the patient's tremor.
The patient's handwriting is compared to writing samples before the DBS procedure.
Neurosurgeons on the Texas Health Dallas medical staff were among the first in the U.S. to use DBS for Parkinson's disease.