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Focused Ultrasound – A Groundbreaking Parkinson’s Treatment Found Overseas

A breakthrough non-invasive treatment for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease is now in use at Sheba Medical Center in Israel. This therapy – focused ultrasound (FUS) – uses no surgery. Rather, FUS utilizes focused sound waves to deactivate the areas of the brain causing the tremors seen in Parkinson’s.

Come experience this cutting edge treatment, and contact Sheba Medical Center now – where you’ll receive world class medicine with a personal touch.

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Why FUS

  • Sheba’s team of experienced experts includes neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuro-radiographers and neuro-radiologists – all working together to bring the latest in FUS treatment to our patients.
  • The results are typically apparent with excellent success rates, and there is no upper age limit for patient candidacy.
  • Even though the procedure is approved by the FDA, it is only available at a few medical centers.

Find out more about FUS and contact Sheba Medical Center in Israel now – where you’ll receive world class medicine with a personal touch.

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What is Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative neurologic disease that affects about 1% of people over age 60. This figure represents 1 million Americans, and according to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, an additional 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s every year.

While it is most common in the elderly, Parkinson’s can appear in those as young as 18. Men are about 50% more likely to be afflicted by Parkinson’s compared to women. The causes of Parkinson’s are not fully known, but it is thought to be due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Resting tremor in one or more limbs is the most obvious symptom associated with Parkinson’s.

What is Essential Tremor?

Essential tremor is the most common disorder that causes tremor affecting 5% of people over age 40 years. It is usually hereditary, namely it “runs in families”. The tremor, in contrast to the tremor of Parkinson’s disease, is more obvious during action, for example when holding a piece of paper, writing, drinking or using eating utensils. In most patients with ET, the tremor is the only symptom that disturbs the patients and it is usually the tremor of the dominant hand that causes the most problems.

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How are Parkinson’s Disease and Essential Tremor Treated?

Medication is the first choice for Parkinson’s treatment, but Parkinson’s patients don’t respond well to drugs or have side effects. In Essential tremor, the response rate to medications is less than Parkinson’s disease and up to 30% may not tolerate medications or may have an unsatisfactory response. In these cases, surgical treatment may be considered.
Before the arrival of FUS, surgical options for Parkinson’s treatment included thalamotomy and deep brain stimulation (DBS).
Both these options are considered minimally invasive although they involve incisions, use of drills to open a small hole in the skull and the insertion of one or more electrodes into the brain. In the case of DBS, the hardware is implanted into the brain and a pacemaker similar to a heart pacemaker is implanted into the chest w

How Does FUS Work?

The procedure uses focused ultrasound waves to precisely destroy targeted brain tissue that is responsible for the tremors associated with Parkinson’s. FUS is guided by MRI and carries no risk of infection.

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What is the Success Rate of FUS Treatment?

While there is still no cure for Parkinson’s or Essential tremor, FUS represents an excellent method of controlling the tremor in these disorders. Out of the patients treated thus far at Sheba, 92% have shown improvement of tremor on a clinical disability scale. This includes such dramatic effects as being able to write effectively after treatment.

If you or a loved one is suffering from the significant tremor caused by Essential tremor or Parkinson’s disease, contact Sheba right away to learn more about FUS treatment.

Who Can Benefit from FUS?

FUS is suited for Parkinson’s patients who have undergone therapy with medication but still have a remaining tremor. While there is no upper age limit for treatment, certain conditions will preclude FUS therapy, including the inability to have a MRI and coagulation or bleeding problems. Additionally, patients with brain tumors or bone density issues may not be able to have FUS treatment.

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Sheba Medical Center A Recognized Leader in Global Healthcare

Sheba Medical Center, the largest and most prominent medical center in the Middle East, continues to set the standard for excellence in care. For the fifth year in a row, Newsweek included Sheba on their list of the world’s best hospitals, in addition to naming it as one of the best smart hospitals and a leader in gastroenterology, neurology, and cardiology. Sheba’s vision for global healthcare combines clinical excellence and medical innovation alongside international collaboration, and we employ these powerful resources to help patients worldwide.

What Happens Before the Treatment?

Every patient receiving FUS treatment will first undergo a comprehensive evaluation at Sheba, including examination by a neurosurgeon and neurologist. Sheba’s staff can facilitate having copies of your medical records sent from your healthcare providers in the United States. Additionally, a psychological evaluation will be necessary.

What Happens during the Treatment?

What Happens During the Treatment?

The patient will need to be admitted to the hospital the day before the treatment. On the day of treatment, the patient will have their head shaved and be set up in the MRI machine.

The MRI images are monitored in real time during the treatment to ensure both safety and effectiveness. Pain and anti-nausea medication are available if needed.

What Happens After the Treatment?

Patients usually notice an immediate improvement in tremor symptoms, with the tremor sometimes disappearing altogether. Observation in the hospital for a couple of days is necessary after the FUS treatment. Once cleared by medical staff, patients can take a flight back home.

WHO ARE THE SHEBA PHYSICIANS ADMINISTERING FUS?

The FUS treatment team includes two expert surgeons, Dr. Roberto Spiegelman, and Dr. Zion Zibly.

Lior Ungar

Director, Functional Neurosurgery and Focused Ultrasound Institute

Dr. Lior Ungar is a functional neurosurgeon and pain specialist, integrating both fundamental and clinical research into his practice. He is at the forefront of technological advancements in functional brain surgery, with a focus on treating movement disorders and providing pain relief, including invasive treatments for chronic pain.

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We welcome all cases, including the rarest and the most challenging. Our medical teams collaborate to provide the best possible health outcomes. From your initial inquiry through the long-term follow-up care, we are here for you.

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