Dr. Nader Pouratian is professor and chair of Neurological Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center, where his practice focuses on surgical treatment of movement disorders such as Parkinson disease and essential tremor, surgical management of facial pain, and peripheral nerve disorders. He launched his career at UCLA before assuming the leadership of the department at UT Southwestern.
Deep brain stimulation is basically a pacemaker for the brain. Rather than putting electrodes in the heart, electrodes are placed in a very precise manner deep in the brain to treat an array of neuropsychiatric conditions. With deep brain stimulation, we are targeting deep circuits of the brain where there is abnormal brain activity. The precise target used depends on the diagnosis, symptoms, and other patient specific factors.Learn More
Essential tremor is a diagnosis associated with involuntary rhythmic shaking in areas of the body, most often affecting the arms and hands. Sometimes it can affect the head, neck, voice, or legs. While many people can cope it, essential tremor can affect quality of life, interfering with everyday activities. Common treatments used by Dr. Pouratian include first line medications like propranolol and primidone and surgical treatments like deep brain stimulation, stereotactic radiosurgery, and MR-guided focused ultrasound.Learn More
Parkinson’s disease is a neurological condition caused by a decline in dopamine levels in the brain. It progresses over time, at different rates in different people. People with Parkinson’s disease have problems with movement including tremors (usually at rest), stiffness, and slowness. In addition to problems with movement, people can experience other symptoms like depression, sleep issues, loss of smell, and constipation. Medications are always first line. In some patients, deep brain stimulation therapy can be very effective, especially when medications do not last as long or cause side effects.Learn More
Deep brain stimulation is a state-of-the-art solution, offered by neurosurgeon Dr. Pouratian, for a variety of neurological and psychiatric disorders, including essential tremor, Parkinson’s disease, chronic pain, Tourette’s syndrome, OCD, and dystonia. This treatment option involves placing electrodes in the brain to generate precise electrical impulses.Learn More
Trigeminal neuralgia is a condition affecting the trigeminal nerve. Patients with this condition experience sudden jolts of facial pain triggered by forms of mild facial stimulation; this is experienced in episodes that can last hours at a time. Many medications can be effective for treatment, as can surgical solutions like microvascular decompression (MVD), stereotactic radiosurgery, percutaneous balloon compression, and radiofrequency rhizotomy.Learn More
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