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Movement Disorders and Epilepsy

The experts at University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, work tirelessly to offer you innovative and compassionate care for movement and epilepsy issues. You’re certain to appreciate how carefully we diagnose and create a treatment plan specific to your needs.
Treatment options:
  • Medication
  • Assist devices
  • Physical and occupational therapy
  • Minimally invasive surgical techniques
  • Gamma Knife® stereotactic radiosurgery (a noninvasive method for treating brain disorders)
  • Deep brain stimulation (a surgical treatment involving the implantation of a medical device called a brain pacemaker)
  • Molecular therapies


Movement Disorders
Many brain diseases produce abnormal movements. Using a highly integrated approach, our care team evaluates patients to find the optimal medication and/or surgical approach for managing their movement disorders. We can provide you with the highest-quality care, applying clinical research, emerging therapies and cutting-edge technologies.

Brain diseases characterized by abnormal movements include:

  • Dystonia (a movement disorder with abnormal, involuntary muscle contractions)
  • Essential tremor
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease

Our patients are evaluated to determine if medical management is sufficient to effectively control their movement disorder. Many times, medication can help coordination, tremors and seizures. Our care team is prepared to design and manage a plan that’s right for you. In cases where medication is insufficient, we offer stimulation or ablation surgeries:

  • Ablative procedures, such as pallidotomy and thalamotomy, involve removing a small region of the brain.
  • Deep brain stimulation involves the implantation of a thin electrical wire into the brain and a battery-driven pulse generator just below the collar bone. The pulse generator supplies electrical stimulation from the implanted electrical leads.


Epilepsy
We can offer you coordinated, compassionate care in addressing epilepsy at our Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. This center has been designated as a Level 4 Comprehensive Epilepsy Center by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers. That means our world-class care team can create a comprehensive treatment for you, no matter what your age or type of epilepsy or seizure disorder might be.

In treating epilepsy, we incorporate:

  • Seizure assessment and treatment individualization
  • Seizure control with medical management
  • Evaluation for surgery
  • Surgery
  • Anterior temporal lobectomy: the complete removal of the anterior portion of the temporal lobe of the brain
  • Corpus callosotomy: a surgical procedure that disconnects the cerebral hemispheres
  • Lesionectomy: helps relieve seizures by removing abnormal lesions of the brain
  • Selective amygdalohippocampectomy: removal of the hippocampus and amygdalae; used when all other treatment options have failed to resolve the epilepsy
  • Vagus nerve stimulation: helps prevent seizures by sending regular, mild pulses of electrical energy to the brain through the vagus nerve


We also use the latest in technology:

  • Continuous video electroencephalogram, or EEG, records electrical activity along the scalp
  • High-resolution MRI and positron emission tomography, or PET, is a test that uses a special type of camera and a tracer or radioactive chemical to look at organs in the body
  • Intracranial monitoring is a test that senses the pressure inside the skull, sending its measurements to a recording device
  • Wada test helps determine which side of the brain controls language function, as well as the importance of each side of the brain in regard to memory function

Doctors & Providers

Neurology

Neuropsychology

Neurosurgery

Our Providers Make the Difference
Fairview features nearly 4,000 providers practicing at over 200 locations throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area and beyond. Fairview Clinics, University of Minnesota Physicians and our independent partner clinics provide an exceptional care experience, while lowering the overall costs of health care.

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Minneapolis

Our Providers Make the Difference
Fairview features nearly 4,000 providers practicing at over 200 locations throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area and beyond. Fairview Clinics, University of Minnesota Physicians and our independent partner clinics provide an exceptional care experience, while lowering the overall costs of health care.