Our goal, at the Center for Neuromodulation, is to expand our transdisciplinary service line, which is dedicated to providing clinical care and developing new technology in the field of neuromodulation. We offer outpatient services at Mount Sinai Beth Israel-Downtown and The Mount Sinai Hospital to treat chronic pain and movement disorders. We offer deep minimally invasive surgery at The Mount Sinai Hospital.
Our research efforts focus on the basic mechanisms, cost-efficacy and quality of life issues, biomarkers of patient selection and response, and development of new intellectual property in the field.
In addition to surgical treatment, we offer social support, physical therapy recommendations, speech therapy recommendations, and continuing education in the form of patient events and support groups.
We also provide several specialty programs: the Neuromodulation Wellness Program, Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Volunteer Patient Ambassador Program, DBS Second Opinion and Correction Assessment Clinic, and the Movement Disorders Partnership.
Deep Brain Stimulation Volunteer Patient Ambassador Program
If you are going to have DBS surgery, you may find it helpful to speak to someone who went through the procedure. Whether you are dealing with Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, obsessive compulsive disorder, or dystonia, the Center for Neuromodulation’s DBS Volunteer Patient Ambassadors provide support and guidance by sharing their personal experiences of illness, treatment, and return to active life.
If you would like, we can assign you a DBS Volunteer Patient Ambassador who had a similar diagnosis to yours. Volunteers speak with you over the phone and share their opinions and personal experiences. They can give you a sense of what to expect. Some questions people have asked include:
- Did you need to shave your head?
- Did you have a lot of pain after surgery?
- What was the surgery like for you?
- Are you satisfied with your results?
Please bear in mind that our volunteers are not a substitute for speaking with a medical professional since they are neither clinically trained nor hospital employees.
If you would like to speak to a one of our ambassadors, please call 212-523-8340.
Movement Disorders Partnership Program
At the Center for Neuromodulation, we have an interdisciplinary teamdedicated to choosing the right treatment for you, in collaboration with all of your doctors at Mount Sinai and your current internal medicine or family practice doctor. Interdisciplinary means that we partner and communicate with all your physicians at MS. We will also collaborate with your existing doctors to tailor a treatment that is best for you. If you already have a neurologist, you can choose to see us once a year for an evaluation and we will work with your doctor.
Neuromodulation Wellness Counseling
We have Neuromodulation Wellness Counseling to optimize your health before and after deep brain stimulation (DBS) procedures. It is geared to treating neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s disease. The program will address a variety of central pathological mechanisms such as inflammation, oxidative stress, and insulin resistance. It will also tackle hormonalimbalances related to aging, which can exacerbate these conditions.
We will assess patients when they first enter the program, using:
- Lab tests, including hormonal analysis
- Comprehensive physical exam, including lean body mass
- Nutrition and diet information
Then we will develop individualized wellness plans for each patient, which can incorporate nutritional, dietary supplements and neutraceuticals, exercise, and meditation.