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Department of Neurosurgery

Functional/Epilepsy Division

The Division of Functional Neurosurgery treats epilepsy, movement disorders (like Parkinson's disease, dystonia, and tremor), psychiatric disorders (like depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and Tourette syndrome), and facial pain. The University of Utah offers a spectrum of innovative treatments for these conditions.

Our aim is to provide comprehensive care for functional conditions. Our surgeons are experienced in all modern surgical techniques for movement disorders, including focused ultrasound and asleep deep brain stimulation (DBS). We also offer next-generation DBS technology with directional and high-density electrodes. We routinely perform innovative, minimally invasive treatments for epilepsy, like laser ablation, responsive neurostimulation, and stereo-electroencephalography, a form of minimally invasive intracranial recording. Trigeminal neuralgia can be treated with keyhole surgical procedures, percutaneous image-guided techniques, and radiosurgery. Our psychiatric surgery program offers DBS along with other neuromodulation and ablative techniques.

William T. Couldwell, MD, PhD, FACS

Chair, Department of Neurosurgery

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