Essential Tremor

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About DBS Therapy

About DBS Therapy

DBS for essential tremor control is a surgical treatment designed to reduce the severity of the tremor in your arms and hands associated with essential tremor (ET).1

DBS therapy for essential tremor uses a surgically implanted medical device to deliver electrical stimulation to precisely targeted areas within the brain. Just like a pacemaker for the heart, a small device is surgically placed under the skin in the chest to deliver DBS therapy. The device sends electrical pulses through the extension to the leads and electrodes that are placed in an area of the brain that controls movement. These pulses disrupt some of the brain’s messages that cause the symptoms associated with essential tremor.

DBS therapy is reversible and can be discontinued at any time by turning off or surgically removing the device. 


Benefits and Risks

All treatment and outcome results are specific to the individual patient, and will form part of your consultation with your healthcare professional.

Please consult your healthcare professional for a full list of benefits, indications, precautions, clinical results, and other important medical information that pertains to DBS therapy.

Frequently Asked Questions

Review some of the commonly asked questions and concerns about DBS for essential tremor.

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Schuurman PR, Bosch DA, Bossuyt PMM, et al. A comparison of continuous thalamic stimulation and thalamotomy for suppression of severe tremor. N Engl J Med. 2000;342:461-468.


Activa Therapy Clinical Summary, 2003

This website is intended to be educational and is not to be used as a diagnostic tool. It is not intended to replace the information provided to you by your healthcare providers and does not constitute medical advice. The information may not be directly applicable for your individual clinical circumstance. Please talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.