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Surgery

Diane Kay

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 mainly used to treat people whose symptoms can't be controlled by medication.

May give better control of symptoms

I’d advise anyone considering surgery to really think about it and do the research. You need a lot of support and patience

Koki, diagnosed in 2006

Surgery can help control movement symptoms, but will not stop the condition from progressing and does not cure Parkinson's. Most people will still need to take medication.

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 assessed.

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 Parkinson's are:

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.

As with 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 around them.

Last Information Standard review July 2015. Next review July 2018.

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