Saint Luke’s Movement Disorders Program offers a comprehensive approach to patients suffering from a range of conditions like Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, and dystonia.

Combining a comprehensive clinical visit with such advanced imaging as MRI and DaTscan™ Spectroscopy, our movement disorders neurologists and neurosurgeon work together to diagnose and treat patients. Saint Luke’s provides patients with the full range of medical, surgical, and rehabilitation options, including being one of the few hospitals in the nation to pioneer and provide “asleep” deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery.

Saint Luke's treats all movement disorders, including but not limited to:

  • Ataxia
  • Atypical Parkinsonism
  • Chorea
  • Dystonias
  • Essential tremor
  • Gait disorders   
  • Hemifacial spasm
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Spasticity
  • Tics
  • Tourette syndrome

We perform botulinum toxin injections to manage blepharospasm, cervical dystonia, focal limb dystonia, hemifacial dystonia, spasticity, and many other conditions.

Our doctors use proven rating scales to assess symptoms and severity, and arrange additional testing or support. They continually evaluate each patient and adjust medications as needed.

CereTom®-assisted Deep Brain Stimulation

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) can provide dramatic relief for patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, and dystonia. The procedure involves placing tiny electrodes into specific regions of the brain to send intermittent electrical impulses and interfere with abnormal brain activity in these areas. As a result, patients experience relief from symptoms of the disease. DBS surgery can significantly improve the quality of life for patients.

Until recently, DBS was only performed with patients awake and immobilized in a head frame. Saint Luke’s is among an elite group of hospitals—just a few in the nation, and the only one in Kansas City—that perform DBS using a frameless technique and with the patient comfortably asleep under general anesthesia.

Learn more about asleep DBS at Saint Luke’s.



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Art Therapy Program

Join us for a free art therapy event for those with Parkinson’s Disease presented by Saint Luke's Neurology.

Saint Luke's News

Dec. 14, 2020

Flipping the Switch on Parkinson's: Mark's Story

After developing Parkinson's disease in his 50s, Mark came to the team at Saint Luke's Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute. Watch the story on how asleep Deep Brain Stimulation proved to be life-changing.
Oct. 28, 2020

KMBC: Patients with Parkinson's turn to art to help with rehabilitation

Patients with Parkinson's disease are participating in a unique art therapy class at Saint Luke's. KMBC talked to Dr. Susan Sifers and Alison Bailey about how art therapy has been shown to help patients.