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Frame Placement

On the morning of the surgery, you will arrive in the radiology suite for placement of the stereotactic head frame. This "halo" type frame allows us to precisely target the brain structure that will benefit from the stimulation. You will be fully awake while the head frame is placed and receive a local anesthetic prior to the head frame being attached. The placement typically takes less than 15 minutes.


Available at Johns Hopkins is a new frameless approach that doesn't require a frame to be attached to your head during surgery. This approach uses five small bone screws and a disposable, lightweight guidance device, that eliminates the need for the head and neck be kept completely stationary during surgery. Your surgeon will discuss with you whether frameless surgery is appropriate for your case.

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Call 410-502-0133 if you have any questions or would like to make an appointment.

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Maryland Patients

To request an appointment or refer a patient, please contact the Johns Hopkins Deep Brain Stimulation Center at 410-502-0133.
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Adult Neurology: 410-955-9441
Pediatric Neurology: 410-955-4259
Adult Neurosurgery: 410-955-6406
Pediatric Neurosurgery: 410-955-7337


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