Surgery for Parkinson's
Although the main treatment for Parkinson's is medication, there are some types of surgery
available to treat the symptoms of the condition.
Surgery is generally only used to treat people who have had
Parkinson's for some time and whose
symptoms are not managed effectively by medication.
It may also be used for people who experience problems
with involuntary movements (dyskinesia).
May give better control of symptoms
Surgery can be successful but it doesn't work for everyone, and for some it may just not be suitable.
Karen O'Sullivan, Parkinson's nurse
Surgery for Parkinson's can give some people better control of
their symptoms, but it is not a cure, so the condition will
continue to progress. Most people will still need to take
Not everyone will be suitable for surgery, so you may want to
discuss this option with your specialist or Parkinson's nurse.
You may then be referred to a consultant neurologist or surgeon
at a hospital that performs surgery for Parkinson's. If there is a
possibility you are suitable for surgery, you will then be fully
For more information, see our Surgery
for Parkinson's booklet or look at the pages below.
The main types of surgery for Parkinson's
The main types of surgery available for the treatment of
Finding out more
If you're looking into whether surgery is right for you, write down any questions and take these along to discuss with your specialist, Parkinson's nurse or surgeon.
If you're looking into whether surgery is right for you, it's
important you fully understand the procedure involved, the possible
benefits and potential risks.
Write down any questions you have and take these along to
discuss with your specialist, Parkinson's nurse or surgeon.
Like any operation, each form of surgery for Parkinson's carries
its own risks.
Any outcomes of surgery, whether good or bad, will have an
effect on the quality of life of someone with Parkinson's and those
In this section
People share their surgery stories
In our real life stories about
Parkinson's surgery people with Parkinson's share their
experiences of deep brain stimulation and other types of