Neurosciences Institute
Older woman smiling while eating bowl of cereal

Incision-free brain surgery for essential tremor

Noninvasive surgery for hand tremors offers quick relief with low risk

Essential tremor and Parkinson’s disease can cause shaking and tremors that make everyday activities more difficult. Novant Health is the first in the Carolinas to offer magnetic resonance (MR)-guided focused ultrasound, also called incision-free brain surgery, to provide relief from hand tremors associated with those conditions.

This type of brain surgery requires no sedation and no incision, which lowers your risk of infection and shortens your recovery time. The procedure typically takes about three hours, and results may be evident within minutes. Relief from symptoms may continue for as long as three years after surgery. Watch the video below to learn more about what you can expect from this treatment.


MR-guided focused ultrasound may be a treatment option for those age 22 or older and have been diagnosed with essential tremor and medication has not been effective; or those age 30 or older who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and hand tremors are a primary symptom but were not relieved with medication.

Relief is here

Contact us to learn more about incision-free surgery for tremor and schedule a consultation

[email protected]
Immediate results

Clinical trial patients reported an immediate improvement in tremor and resumed normal activities within days.


Focused ultrasound technology allows sound waves to pass safely to the brain without the need of a scalpel.