Patient Stories and Videos
To Dream Again
December 23, 2015
Sarah Gordon was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disease when she was thirteen. She was able to hold it together for seven years and then it all unraveled. Dr. Brian H. Kopell, Director, Center for Neuromodulation at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, performed deep brain stimulation. "It is like a digital drug where we place an electrode in a specific circuit in a brain, regulate the electricity in that circuit and change the course of the disease.", explains Dr. Kopell.
To See Again
December 23, 2015
Dr. Joshua Bederson, Professor and System Chair at Mount Sinai Health System, removed a large solid calcified and partially cystic tumor from Daniel Leng's brain. Meet Dr. Bederson and Daniel. The way Dr. Bederson approached this case did not exist until recently. He used standard imaging as well as the 3D reconstruction. It allowed him to see into the brain in real time while he was operating and see the progress as he was going through the critical brain structures.
Brain Surgery Treats Severe Tourette’s Syndrome
December 12, 2013
Andrew Joannou had what some doctors called the worst case of tourette’s syndrome they’ve ever seen. After 38 years of painful tics, watch as Andrew undergoes deep brain stimulation with neurosurgeon Brain Kopell, MD, for the treatment of his condition.
Emergency Room Nurse Overcomes Essential Tremor
May 20, 2013
Susan Farber, NP, suffered from essential tremor so badly that she had to leave her job as an emergency room nurse. After deep brain stimulation to treat her tremor she has a new lease on life and is able to work again.
Theater Owner Opts for Deep Brain Stimulation to Treat Essential Tremor
May 20, 2013
What first began as hand trembling escalated to a severe essential tremor. Determined to better manage his symptoms, Ben Kolbert underwent deep brain stimulation at the Center for Neuromodulation at Mount Sinai.
Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery to treat Parkinson's Disease
April 18, 2013
Watch how Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery (DBS) completely transforms Michael Toscano's Parkinson's Disease. Michael is a retired New York City Police Officer and was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 1997 at only 34 years old.
People come from across the region, the nation, and the world seeking care at Mount Sinai. Our medical experts use the most advanced methods available to treat a wide range of illnesses. Many of our patients have stories that confirm the strong and valued commitment we have to quality care. Read more about their experiences.
Claribel Finds Relief from a Lifetime of Seizures
March 31, 2014
Claribel Suffered from Epileptic Auras for 20 Years before Finding the Cause: a Brain Tumor; after Brain Surgery to Remove the Tumor, Claribel Is Living Seizure-Free and Couldn’t Be Happier
Andrew Finds Relief from Severe Tourette Syndrome with Brain Surgery
January 27, 2014
Andrew had every tic in the book and was described as the "worst case of Tourette's" many of his doctors had ever seen; after deep brain stimulation, he finds relief from his involuntary tics
I Don't Even Think About Pain
June 13, 2013
For someone with trigeminal neuralgia, the above statement is practically unthinkable. After years of failing medications and a debilitating surgery, Claudia Hirsch found the cure for her TGN at Mount Sinai
Minimally Invasive Surgery Treats Entrepreneur’s Aneurysm
January 11, 2013
Loren Ridinger opted for a minimally invasive surgery to treat an aneurysm that caused episodes of vertigo for more than 20 years
Minimally Invasive Aneurysm Treatment Saves Mother’s Life
October 5, 2011
When Brunilda Ayala, a police officer at a busy hospital in Harlem, experienced subarachnoid hemorrhage, endovascular neurosurgery at Mount Sinai saved her life
After 10 Years, TGN Patient Finally Finds Relief
May 23, 2011
Helen Rock had suffered from recurrent episodes of intense right-sided facial pain, which sometimes didn’t allow her to perform even the simplest of things, like smile and speak
Mount Sinai Neurosurgeons Reverse Paraplegia
January 21, 2011
As an airport baggage handler, Debbie Ramcharan expected back pain, but, when the pain worsened and her legs failed, she turned to Mount Sinai
Outdoor Enthusiast Resumes Vigorous Activities Thanks to Mount Sinai Neurosurgery
January 21, 2011
When another center's treatment only worsened her pain, Melinda Rishforth turned to Mount Sinai; she now hikes, skis, climbs, and kayaks
Video journalist Justin Silverman talks with Dr. Raj Shrivastava, the Mount Sinai neurosurgeon who was able to treat his neurocysticerosis, which he acquired on a trip to Southeast Asia. Watch Video
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