What are surgical treatment options for essential tremor?

So, surgery has been FDA approved for essential tremor for over 20 years now, and the surgical options we have are wonderful. We have deep brain stimulation, which has been FDA approved for over 20 years. Deep brain stimulation involves putting a lead, which is a small electrode, into the thalamus in the brain, which helps basically normalize the electrical activity. A wire is then implanted under the skin, and then behind the ear, which connects to a pacemaker, which all goes under the skin in the patient's chest area. The pacemaker helps deliver electrical impulses to that lead in the patient's brain, which helps cancel out the tremor. It is highly effective in helping someone with tremor. This is basically for someone who has a refractory tremor that does not respond well to medications.

There are also other surgical options. There's high frequency ultrasound treatment, which was just approved about one year ago, now. This is a newer type of treatment but it also helps ablate some of the cells in the thalamus. This is not covered by insurance so far, but deep brain stimulation is.

Surgery for essential tremor has been FDA-approved for over 20 years now, and the surgical options available have shown to be effective. We have deep brain stimulation, which has been FDA-approved for over 20 years. Deep brain stimulation involves putting a lead, which is a small electrode, into the thalamus in the brain, which helps basically normalize the electrical activity. A wire is then implanted under the skin, and then behind the ear, which connects to a pacemaker, which all goes under the skin in the patient's chest area. The pacemaker helps deliver electrical impulses to that lead in the patient's brain to help cancel out the tremor. It is highly effective in helping someone with tremor. This is basically for someone who has a refractory tremor that does not respond well to medications.

There are also other surgical options. There's high frequency ultrasound treatment, which was just approved about one year ago. This is a newer type of treatment but it also helps ablate some of the cells in the thalamus. This is not covered by insurance so far, but deep brain stimulation is.

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