Surgery for Essential Tremor

Surgery should be considered for patients with disabling essential tremor that is not adequately controlled with drug therapy.

The two proven surgical treatments are:

Patients who cannot undergo surgery include those who have medical conditions other than ET that make them poor surgical candidates and those with a significant loss of thinking ability. A nonsurgical option is an MRI guided high intensity focused ultrasound (ExAblate Neuro).

Each of these procedures allow patients to potentially reduce their tremor medications.

 

 

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD on September 27, 2017

Sources

SOURCES:

American Academy of Neurology.
Movement Disorders Society. 

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