Award-winning stroke care in Richmond, Virginia
At Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, our team of neurologists and neurosurgeons are here to offer support, treatment and the best quality healthcare in the greater Richmond, Virginia area. Recognized nationally by Healthgrades for our stroke treatment program, Henrico Doctors’ Hospital is proud to be named Amongst the Top 10 percent in the nation and a five-star recipient for treatment of stroke for the past 16 years in a row. A recipient of the Stroke Care Excellence Award for the past two years, our team of neuro specialists work with our patients to design treatment programs tailored to the individual. Among others, this team may include neurologists and neurosurgeons, vascular neurologists, epileptologists, pathologists, spine surgeons, neuro endovascular radiologists and surgeons, neuroradiologists, critical care doctors and rehabilitation and physical therapists.
Neurosciences at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital
Per the National Stroke Association, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in America and a leading cause of adult disability. Yet, research shows that too few people know what a stroke is and how to recognize when stroke is happening. A stroke happens when blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off and brain cells are deprived of oxygen and begin to die. A stroke can cause you to permanently loose speech, movement and memory.
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a surgical procedure to implant a pacemaker-like device that sends electrical signals to brain areas responsible for body movement. Electrodes are placed deep in the brain and are connected to a stimulator/battery device. Similar to a heart pacemaker, a neurostimulator uses electric pulses to help regulate brain activity. DBS can help reduce the symptoms of tremor, slowness of movement, stiffness, and walking problems caused by movement disorders.
DBS surgery involves placing a thin metal electrode (about the diameter of a piece of spaghetti) into one of several possible brain targets and attaching it to a computerized pulse generator, which is implanted under the skin in the chest below the collarbone. All parts of the stimulator system are internal; there are no wires coming out through the skin. A programming computer held next to the skin over the pulse generator is used during routine office visits to adjust the settings for optimal symptom control. Unlike older lesioning procedures or gamma knife radiosurgery, DBS does not destroy brain tissue. Instead, it reversibly alters the abnormal function of the brain tissue in the region of the stimulating electrode. It is important to note that DBS therapy may demand considerable time and patience before its effects are optimized.
Deep brain stimulation is not a cure for movement disorders, but it can successfully treat symptoms by disrupting the abnormal patterns of brain activity that become prominent in these diseases. DBS is often described as a brain pacemaker because constant pulses of electrical charge are delivered at settings that are thought to restore normal brain rhythms, allowing the restoration of more normal movements. The exact mechanisms of this neuromodulation are still unknown.
To help you restore your capacity for active living as fully and quickly as possible, we begin your rehabilitation right in your room after a neurological event or surgery. From that point, you can expect us to be with you all the way along your path to neurological restoration or stroke recovery and beyond.