Southwest Neurosurgical Associates

Phone: 505.244.0080
Fax: 505.244.9048
8080 Academy Rd NE, Suite B
Albuquerque, NM 87111-1159

Patient Information

Deep Brain Stimulation

Movement Disorders Surgery Program

Dr. Metzger is the only neurosurgeon in New Mexico who performs deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery for medically refractory movement disorders. Dr. Metzger works closely with Dr. Jill Marjama-Lyons, a neurologist who subspecializes in movement disorders and the only such specialist in New Mexico. Together, they started the first DBS surgery program in New Mexico at Lovelace Medical Center – Downtown in October 2004.


photoWhat is Deep Brain Stimulation?

For select patients who become refractory to medical therapy, deep brain stimulation can improve many of the symptoms and signs of movement disorders. The surgery involves placement of electrodes usually on both sides of the brain using state-of-the-art targeting techniques including MRI based stereotactic guidance and microelectrode recording. The electrodes are then connected to a special pulse generator, much like a heart pacemaker. All of the implanted devices are under the skin. The DBS devices are made by Medtronic and additonal information is available on their website for Parkinson's disease and Essential tremor.


Treatable Conditions

  • Parkinson Disease
  • Essential tremor
  • Dystonia

How Can I Find Out If I Am a Candidiate for DBS Surgery?

Dr. Jill Marjama-Lyons is the movement disorders neurologist who works with Dr. Metzger and determines whether or not a patient is a candidate for DBS surgery. Dr. Metzger does not see Parkinson Disease or Essential Tremor patients who have not been first seen by Dr. Marjama-Lyons and determined by her to be a surgical candidate. Call 505-797-3771 to reach Dr. Marjama-Lyons' office for an appointment. Dr. Marjama-Lyons' office is at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, 7000 Jefferson Avenue NE in Albuquerque.