Focused Ultrasound for Treating Essential Tremor and Parkinson’s Tremor
Neurosurgeons at Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC) continue to pioneer new advances for treating Parkinson’s Disease and movement disorders and HUMC is the only medical center in New Jersey using Focused Ultrasound (FUS), also known as high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU). FUS is a minimally invasive alternative to deep brain stimulation for patients with essential tremor and Parkinson’s disease tremor that has not responded to medications. Focused ultrasound uses acoustic energy, or sound waves, to treat brain tissue that is the source of the tremor. The outpatient procedure, which typically takes two hours, doesn’t require surgical incisions or anesthesia and many patients experience immediate and significant reduction in hand tremors, which can make activities of daily living challenging. Patients can return home the same day.
For more information or to schedule an appointment email FUS@hmhn.org.
Treating a Wide Range of Neurological Conditions at Hackensack Meridian Health
We diagnose and treat these and many other major neurological conditions:
- ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. At Hackensack Meridian Health, we provide comprehensive care from a variety of specialists in one all-inclusive visit, helping to provide the best, most convenient health care experience for patients and families.
- A brain tumor is an abnormal growth of tissue on the brain. Starting in the cells of the brain, they can be benign or malignant. Our specialists customize a plan of care that meets your needs—drawing from the latest breakthroughs in research, medical technology, techniques and treatments.
- A concussion is one form of a mild traumatic brain injury – it is caused by a force to the head, resulting in disrupted brain function. Our experts treat mild, moderate, and severe concussions in children and adults.
- A headache is pain or discomfort in the head of face, and can vary in terms of location, intensity and frequency of occurrence. If headache is diminishing your quality of life, we can work with you to develop comprehensive evaluation and management strategies to stop the pain and even help prevent headaches before they start.
- Hereditary neuropathies affect skin sensation and strength in the arms and legs, and often influence the shape and function of the feet and ankles. We focus on preventing and treating disability, alleviating pain and cramps, maintaining participation in work, school and recreational activities, and helping with disease adjustment and optimal health behavior.
- Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic disease of the central nervous system, which can affect an individual’s ability to write, speak, or walk as a result of a disruption between the communication of the brain and other parts of the body. At Hackensack Meridian Health, patients are cared for by an interprofessional team of dedicated neurologists, nurses and therapists who work together to develop strategies for each patient to modify the disease course, treat exacerbations, manage symptoms, and improve function and mobility.
- Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders are neurodegenerative disorders that can create uncontrolled body movement, often referred to as tremors. Our multidisciplinary approach serves the varying medical, surgical and rehabilitation needs of each patient’s unique needs.
- Stroke is the leading cause of long-term disability and the third leading cause of death in the United States. Knowing your risk for stroke can go a long way toward prevention. Start with AngioScreen®, a comprehensive heart and vascular screening from Hackensack Meridian Health. In just 15 minutes, this simple, non-invasive evaluation will help identify your risk for heart disease and stroke, so you can take charge of a heart-healthy life. Register here for a screening near you.
While this list includes many of the neurological conditions and injuries we treat at Hackensack Meridian Health, it is not exhaustive. We also provide treatment and programs for dementia, epilepsy, acute/chronic pain, sleep disorders, spine care, rehabilitation, neurosurgery, and more.