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Brain Stimulation Surgery Webcast, Swedish Medical Center

December 16, 2011

Swedish to Host Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery Live Stream

Two doctors from the Swedish Neuroscience Institute will host an online live stream to give viewers a rare, behind-the-scenes look at deep brain stimulation for essential tremor surgery

WHAT:     On Friday, Dec. 16, 2011, Drs. Ryder Gwinn and Ron Young of the Swedish Neuroscience Institute will host an online live stream to discuss the affects of Essential Tremor (ET) disorder and the various treatment options available at Swedish as well as throughout the country. The webcast will feature a deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgical procedure, accompanied by a live web chat led by Drs. Gwinn and Young. The webcast will be embedded on Swedish’s Web site at www.swedish.org/DBSLive.

Viewers will be able to submit questions regarding ET, DBS surgery and any other ET treatment options, such as Gamma Knife, throughout the live stream using an embedded chat feature or via Twitter using the hashtag #SwedishDBS. Anyone interested in learning more about ET and the various treatment options available at Swedish and elsewhere are encouraged to join the live stream and related discussion.

WHO:    The live stream will be hosted by Drs. Ryder Gwinn and Ron Young, neurosurgeons at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute (SNI), along with a Swedish DBS for ET surgery patient. Dr. Jennifer Witt, a movement disorders neurologist with SNI will also be joining the conversation to discuss the medical management of ET.

WHEN:    Friday, Dec. 16, 2011, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
WHY:   Essential Tremor is the most common neurological movement disorder affecting Americans, yet most people are unaware of the disorder and the available treatment options. Simple tasks like eating, combing your hair, or writing a thank-you note can be impossible for those suffering from ET, but because of the lack of awareness for the disorder, most of the time, it goes untreated. Drs. Gwinn and Young are hosting this webcast to increase awareness of ET and the innovative treatment options such as deep brain stimulation surgery and Gamma Knife that are available at Swedish and elsewhere.

WHERE:    The webcast can be viewed online at www.Swedish.org/DBSLive. Those interested may also join the conversation via Twitter by using the hash tag   #SwedishDBS.