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About Neuromodulation and Functional Neurosurgery

Functional neurosurgery broadly deals with procedures that modify the functioning of the nervous system, from the brain itself down to peripheral nerves in the arm or leg. This can be done through a variety of techniques, such as removing an area of the brain causing seizures, infusing medication directly into the spinal fluid, or using an electrical stimulator on the brain or spinal cord to improve the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease or chronic pain.

Functional neurosurgeons work with people experiencing such neurological disorders as complex regional pain syndrome, epilepsy, essential tremor, dystonia, Parkinson’s disease, nerve injuries, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, trigeminal neuralgia, Tourette syndrome, failed back surgery syndrome, and brain trauma. At Northwestern Medicine, we continue to expand the boundaries of this field and improve the quality of life of patients.