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Novel Techniques Offers New Freedom to Patients with Parkinson's Disease, Epilepsy, Dystonia, and Tremor

Dr. Brian Snyder, a neurosurgeon at Neurological Surgery PC of Long Island, NY, describes how state-of-the-art treatments in which he is specially trained can help relieve some of the symptoms caused by neurological diseases. Neurological Surgery, P.C. is a practice composed of some of the most highly trained doctors in the New York area. Aside from neurological and spine treatments, the practice also offers MRI testing, pain management, neuro-oncology and physical therapy.

Great Neck, NY (PRWEB) December 1, 2008 -- Neurological Surgery, PC, welcomes Dr. Brian J. Snyder to the practice. Dr. Snyder is one of the very few neurosurgeons on Long Island trained to perform the procedures which are described below.

Dr. Snyder uses his advanced training to perform Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), Gamma Knife Thalamotomy, Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS), and seizure surgery to help patients with Parkinson's Disease, Epilepsy, Dystonia, and Tremor.

Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is a relatively new technique that offers patients with movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease, essential tremor and dystonia the opportunity to gain improved function and freedom from many of the disabling symptoms of their diseases. Through two small holes in the skull, electrodes are placed into critical portions of the brain that are connected to a battery placed just under the collar bone. This "brain pacemaker" can help restore normal function to the area in which it is implanted. It may help many patients attain remarkable decreases in their tremors, dyskinesias and pain.

Another technique which may be useful in some patients is the Gamma Knife Thalamotomy. This technique uses a focused beam of radiation in a bloodless fashion to create a tiny hole in the region of the brain felt to be responsible for the generation of tremors in patients with Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, etc.

Epilepsy is a very common disease affecting between 5 and 10 patients per 1,000 in the United States. It is categorized by recurrent seizures and is a major source of disability.

Studies have now shown that surgery may be of particular benefit in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy that have failed medical therapy. More than half of the patients with epilepsy may be seizure free following surgery. Surgery is associated with improvements in quality of life as well.

Still other patients may be candidates for Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) where an electrode is placed on the Vagus nerve in the neck. This is connected to a small pacemaker, which helps to decrease the rate of seizures. These and other minimally invasive techniques are being utilized to treat patients while limiting risks and decreasing hospital stays.

Dr. Snyder received his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine where he was honored as AOA (Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.) At Mount Sinai School of Medicine he served as an intern in general surgery and advanced to a resident in neurological surgery and then chief resident in neurological surgery. Later he pursued a fellowship in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery under Dr. Andres Lozano at the Toronto Western Hospital, University of Toronto. He has obtained certification in both Gamma Knife and Cyberknife Radiosurgery.

Neurological Surgery, P.C. is a practice composed of some of the most highly trained doctors in the New York area. Aside from neurological and spine treatments, the practice also offers MRI testing, pain management, neuro-oncology, and physical therapy. Located throughout Long Island and Queens, NY, it is the largest private Neurosurgery practice on Long Island and in the New York Tristate area. Their physicians serve as Chiefs of Neurosurgery in some of the best hospitals on Long Island and are trained in the latest leading edge techniques. They provide comprehensive world-class care with compassion, commitment and competency.
For more information about any of these procedures, please visit or contact Roberta Kuehl at 516-255-9031 or rkuehl @


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