Matthew S Boyce, MDNeurology
When you have essential tremors or Parkinson’s disease, even little things can feel impossible to do. We understand how frustrating it can be when activities that once brought joy become more difficult. However, medical advances at Johnston-Willis Hospital provide hope and help to combat the disease.
Parkinson's disease can impact every aspect of a person's life, from shaking and stiffness to difficulty moving. When medications aren't enough or the side effects are too great, deep brain stimulation may be an option.
The surgery involves sending electrical impulses to areas of the brain that control movement. A wire is implanted that's less than a millimeter wide and emits low electrical pulses that help the brain function more normally.
Dr. Matthew Boyce, Medical Director of the Deep Brain Stimulation Program at Chippenham and Johnston-Willis Hospitals, says the procedure can reduce the need for medication. "Deep brain stimulation allows us to reduce medication. It varies in terms of the amount of reduction. People may see a 50 percent reduction in medication. Some people come off medication altogether. So there is a little variability there."
Like any brain surgery, there's a risk of infection and hemorrhaging but, after DBS, patients often experience less stiffness and tremors.
Accepts most insurance. Contact your insurance provider for coverage information
Brain and Nervous System
Deep Brain Stimulation
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Nerve Conduction Test
Pain - Nerve Block
Sleep Movement Disorder
- Neurology - Primary - Board Certified
- Practicing since: 2010
- Gender: Male
- Internship: University of North Carolina School of Medicine - 2006
- Residency: University of North Carolina School of Medicine - 2009
- Fellowship: University of North Carolina School of Medicine - 2010
- Graduate Degree: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine - 2005
- Retreat Doctors Hospital
- Johnston - Willis Hospital
- Parham Doctors Hospital
- Chippenham Hospital
- Henrico Doctors Hospital