Deep brain stimulation (DBS) has improved the lives of more than 100,000 patients during the past 30 years. DBS helps control tremors by delivering tiny electrical signals into one of three target areas of the brain that control movement. DBS has been proven effective for Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, epilepsy, dystonia, and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).
Denver DBS Center, part of Denver’s Neurosurgery One, offers patients the two-step Asleep DBS that reduces the number of procedures and surgery time, allows patients to remain asleep during all surgeries, and improves electrode placement. We use an evidence-based approach to ensure that all recommendations provide you with benefits you desire while minimizing your risk. Our team of neurosurgeons are expert in DBS. Dr. David VanSickle, founder and medical director of the Denver DBS Center, was the first in the world to perform robotic-guided Asleep DBS and has continued to advance the procedure. Neurosurgery One neurosurgeons Dr. Andrew Romeo and Dr. Wissam Asfahani also provide deep brain stimulation at the Denver DBS Center.
Why Choose Denver DBS Center?
- One of only a few centers in the world to provide both Asleep and Awake DBS procedures
- Complication rate well below national average
- Superior electrode placement, the most vital aspect of the surgery
- Customized care and attention, with a patient concierge service, coordinated pre- and post-surgery visits, and inpatient programming
- Partners with your neurologist
Denver DBS Center, which is an affiliation of Neurosurgery One, is located on the campus of Littleton Adventist Hospital in Littleton, Colo., and is part of the hospital’s comprehensive Neurosciences & Comprehensive Stroke Center.
FAQs about Denver DBS Center
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What makes Denver DBS Center unique?
We focus on the details, from our concierge services to surgery to programming your generator. Our experience, low complication rate, and superior electrode placement set us apart. In partnership with your neurologist, we provide customized, personal care.
Who is the medical director of Denver DBS Center?
Dr. David VanSickle is the medical director of Denver DBS Center and is a national leader in Robotic-Guided Asleep DBS. Board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery, Dr. VanSickle specializes in functional neurosurgery, neuro-oncology, deep brain stimulation (DBS), and surgery for epilepsy. He has his master’s and doctorate degrees in bioengineering, a medical degree from University of Pittsburgh and completed a neurosurgery residency at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Dr. VanSickle serves on the board of directors of the Parkinson Association of the Rockies. Read Dr. VanSickle’s complete bio and watch a video about his practice philosophy.
Who is on the medical team at Denver DBS Center?
Dr. Andrew Romeo also performs deep brain stimulation at Denver DBS Center. Dr. Romeo is a fellowship-trained neurosurgeon who specializes in functional neurosurgery for the treatment of epilepsy and movement disorders, including Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor, and complex brain surgery. He provides patients with access to up-to-date surgical techniques and high-quality care, including minimally invasive surgery. Read Dr. Romeo’s complete bio and watch a video about him.
Dr. Wissam Asfahani is a board-certified neurosurgeon in our Parker clinic who performs traditional awake DBS as well as asleep deep brain stimulation for patients with Parkinson’s or other functional neurosurgical conditions. Dr. Asfahani completed his neurosurgical residency at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Prior to joining NeurosurgeryOne, he practiced in South Dakota where he was Chairman of the Neuroscience Section and co-chair of the Gamma Knife Radiosurgery Program at Avera-Mckennan Hospital. Read Dr. Asfahani’s complete bio and watch a video about him.
Laine Housand, MPAS, PA-C, earned her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences at University of California, Irvine. She worked in spinal cord injury research for five years before attending physician assistant school at Rutgers University in New Jersey. She worked as a neurosurgery PA for two years in Virginia before moving to Colorado and joining Denver DBS Center.
Emily Stewart, MPH, MSPAS, PA-C, earned her bachelor’s degree in biology with minors in chemistry and medical physics at the University of Denver. She attended the Colorado School of Public Health at the Anschutz Medical Campus and earned her Master’s in Public Health. She then pursued a career as a physician assistant, attending Surgical PA school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). After graduation, she worked for the Chief surgeon of the UAB Department of Neurosurgery for 5 years, specializing mainly in the management and treatment of brain and spinal tumors, before moving with Dr. Romeo to Neurosurgery One.
Where is Denver DBS Center located and where is surgery performed?
Denver DBS Center is located in the Neurosurgery One clinic at 7780 S. Broadway, Suite 350, Littleton, CO, 80122. We also see patients via telehealth and at our Lone Tree South and Parker offices.
You will have the first phase of your treatment, surgery to place the electrodes, at Littleton Adventist Hospital, which offers one of the world’s leading deep brain stimulation programs to treat Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, essential tremor, dystonia, and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Littleton Hospital is located at 7700 S. Broadway, right next door to the Denver DBS Center.
The second phase of your treatment, placement of the generator (neurostimulator), will be done at either Littleton Adventist Hospital or the Functional Neurosurgical Ambulatory Surgery Center (FNASC), a state-of-the-art freestanding surgery center created by the Denver DBS Center and Littleton Adventist Hospital. DBS patients can also have the neurostimulator replaced at FNASC, which you will need to do every 3-5 years when the battery runs out. Rechargeable neurostimulators will need to be replaced approximately every 9 years.1 FNASC is located at 11 West Dry Creek Circle, Suite 120, Littleton, CO, 80120.
A Denver DBS Center scheduler will coordinate your treatment, including scheduling the initial consultation with Dr. VanSickle or Dr. Romeo, setting up the first and second phase surgeries, and scheduling follow-up appointments after surgery.
What should I expect at my first appointment?
During your first appointment at Denver DBS Center, you’ll meet with medical director Dr. David VanSickle or Dr. Andrew Romeo for an initial consultation. We also can schedule this appointment via telehealth. Your neurosurgeon will review your medical history to determine if you’re a candidate for DBS surgery, and discuss a treatment plan with you. Most DBS patients now receive the new two-step Robotic-Guided Asleep DBS that reduces the number of procedures and surgery time, allows patients to remain asleep during all surgeries, and improves electrode placement.
How can I learn more about Denver DBS Center?
If you would like to learn more about Denver DBS Center and whether Robotic-Guided Asleep DBS would help you, you can request an appointment here or call our center, located within Neurosurgery One, at 720.638.7500. We also offer regular community talks. If you would like to be notified of upcoming talks, please sign up here.