Surgical treatments

Although the main treatment for Parkinson's symptoms is medication, there are some types of surgery available too.

Surgery is mainly used to treat people whose Parkinson's symptoms can't be controlled by medication.

It can help to 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.

The main type of surgery for Parkinson's is deep brain stimulation (DBS).

Is surgery right for me?

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 that you are suitable for surgery, you will be fully assessed.

It's important that you understand the procedure involved, the possible benefits and potential risks of surgery. Write down any questions you have and take these along to your appointment to discuss with your specialist, Parkinson's nurse or surgeon.

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Helpline and local advisers

Our helpline and Parkinson's local advisers are here to answer any questions you have about being there for someone with Parkinson's.

Call us on 0808 800 0303.

Last updated July 2015. We review all our information within 3 years. If you'd like to find out more about how we put our information together, including references and the sources of evidence we use, please contact us at [email protected].