Pallidotomy is a procedure that has been effective with treating various symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, including: tremor, rigidity, muscle spasms, problems with walking, keeping balance, and other movement problems. During the procedure, a small hole is drilled into the patient’s skull. A small electrode is then used to destroy a small amount of the globus pallidus. The globus pallidus is a part of the brain that is overactive in Parkinson’s disease patients. The benefits of this treatment wear off after two years and researchers are not sure how effective this treatment is in the long term of the disease.
Additional resources that provide more information on Pallidotomy:
- Pallidotomy (National Parkinson Foundation)
- Pallidotomy (Posteroventral Pallidotomy) for Parkinson’s Disease Surgery Overview (Sanford Medical Center)