Swedish Essential Tremor/Deep Brain Stimulation Livestream
On Friday, Dec. 16, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (PST), Drs. Ron Young and Ryder Gwinn, surgeons from the Swedish Neuroscience Institute, hosted a livestream to discuss the affects of Essential Tremor (ET), the Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgical procedure used to treat ET and the other innovative treatment options for ET available at Swedish and throughout the country.
ET is a progressive neurological condition that causes a rhythmic trembling of the hands, head, voice, legs or trunk. It is often confused with Parkinson’s disease and is often un-diagnosed.
The livestream featured a video stream of a recorded DBS surgical procedure performed at Swedish, accompanied by a live web chat led by Drs. Young and Gwinn. The DBS device is like a pacemaker for the brain. During the surgery, a tiny wire is implanted in the area of the brain that controls abnormal movement. This wire modifies the brain’s electrical signals to help control tremors and other abnormal movements.
Watch a 30 minute recap of the livestream:
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Meet the Surgeons:
Dr. Ryder Gwinn
Dr. Ryder Gwinn is a board-certified neurosurgeon and the director of Epilepsy Surgery and Functional Neurosurgery at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute in Seattle. Dr. Gwinn combines technology with traditional Neurosurgical techniques to find the least invasive therapy with the highest chance of success for patients suffering from disorders of the spine and central nervous system. His primary goal is always to develop a treatment plan for his patients’ that helps them lead healthy, happy lives. Dr. Gwinn graduated from UCLA Medical School and served his residency at Georgetown University and his fellowship at Yale University.
Dr. Ronald Young
Dr. Ronald Young is a board certified neurosurgeon at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute in Seattle, where he works in radiosurgery and deep brain stimulation. Dr. Young feels his primary role is to educate his patients on the various procedures and treatments that are available for movement disorders, and to provide the most comfortable and personalized treatment possible for his patients. Dr. Young graduated from State University of New York at Buffalo Medical School and served his residencies at State University of New York, Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, New York and Veterans Administration Hospital, Long Beach, California.
Dr. Jennifer Witt