Call to perform Parkinson’s surgery sooner

Brain surgery should be performed a decade earlier than currently recommended in patients with Parkinson's disease, to ease tremors and maximise quality of life, a randomised trial suggests.


The findings have called into question the present approach of reserving deep brain stimulation until medications have lost efficacy — typically a period of 11-13 years, by which time patients are often severely impaired.

The research, published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine, found those who underwent the procedure within 4-10 years of disease onset recorded a