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Functional Neurosurgery

Innovative treatment to restore function

Whether you have a movement disorder such as Parkinson’s, or psychiatric disorder — there is hope. Our functional neurosurgeons provide the latest treatments, such as neuromodulation, that directly alter your nerves. Neuromodulation techniques such as deep brain stimulation can provide life-changing physical and emotional relief and improve motor skills.

Our team also offers the region’s most comprehensive surgical treatment of epilepsy. Patients with epilepsy who do not respond to medication may be candidates for surgical procedures such as resection or vagal nerve stimulation. These procedures offer freedom from seizures and a return to work, school and social life.

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What is functional neurosurgery?

Functional neurosurgery involves the restoration of neurological condition and function. At Prisma Health, we treat chronic neurological disorders with a variety of techniques, including highly focused neuromodulation and deep brain stimulation.

Conditions treated

  • Cancer pain
  • Depression
  • Dystonia
  • Epilepsy
  • Essential tremor
  • General pain, facial pain and spasm
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Parkinson's disease


Neuromodulation is a technology that acts directly upon nerves. It is the alteration – or modulation – of nerve activity by delivering electrical or pharmaceutical agents directly to a target area.

Neuromodulation devices and treatments can be life-changing. They can affect many areas of the body and treat a wide variety of diseases and symptoms such as headaches, tremors, spinal cord damage and urinary incontinence.

Most often, people think of neuromodulation in the context of chronic pain relief, the most common indication. However, there are many neuromodulation applications, such as deep brain stimulation (DBS) treatment for Parkinson's disease, sacral nerve stimulation for pelvic disorders and incontinence, and spinal cord stimulation for ischemic disorders (angina, peripheral vascular disease).