About Matthew Boyce
Dr. Matthew Boyce is board certified in Neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He received his medical degree from VCU Medical Center's Medical College of Virginia, in Richmond, Virginia. He completed his internship and residency training in Neurology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, where he also completed a fellowship in Movement Disorders. He started his private practice with Neurological Associates in August 2010. He is the Medical Director of the Deep Brain Stimulation program at Johnston-Willis Hospital.
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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.
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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.
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