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George M. Plotkin, MD, to speak on Parkinson's

 The ETMC Neurological Institute will hold a free forum on Wednesday, May 18, at 5:30 p.m. in the ETMC Pavilion about Medtronic’s deep brain stimulation therapy for patients with Parkinson’s disease or essential tremor.

“It’s so rewarding to help patients with Parkinson’s disease and tremors to gain their independence again,” said Dr. George Plotkin, PhD, MD, director of the ETMC Movement Disorder Center.

Dr. Plotkin, Dr. Paul Detwiler with Tyler Neurosurgical Associates and Helen Cassel, FNP with the movement disorder center will speak.

Deep brain stimulation uses Medtronic’s “brain pacemaker” technology to relieve the debilitating slowness, lack of coordination, stiffness and shaking that characterize the progressive and degenerative symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

The treatment uses two surgically implanted leads to deliver electrical stimulation to precisely targeted areas within each side of the brain.  Continuous stimulation of these areas blocks the signals that cause the disabling motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. As a result, many patients achieve greater control over their body movements and an improvement in their level of function. ETMC has performed over 200 of the procedures since the program began in 2002.

A light meal will be served and parking will be available next to the ETMC Pavilion. Registration begins at 5 p.m. Please pre-register by calling 877-438-3574.