About the 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.
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.
Review some of the commonly asked questions and concerns about DBS for essential tremor.
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) therapy is designed to reduce tremors associated with essential tremor.1
DBS for essential tremor control is a surgical treatment that may reduce the severity of the tremor in your arms and hands associated with essential tremor.1 DBS uses a surgically implanted medical device similar to a cardiac pacemaker to deliver electrical stimulation to precisely targeted areas within the brain.
Stimulation of these areas blocks the signals that cause the disabling motor symptoms of essential tremor. The electrical stimulation can be noninvasively adjusted to maximise treatment benefits. As a result, many individuals achieve greater control over their body movements.
A DBS system consists of three implanted components:
These electrical pulses are delivered through the extension and lead to the targeted areas in the brain. The pulses can be adjusted wirelessly to check or change the neurostimulator settings.
Your surgeon may provide you with a small, handheld patient programmer or magnet. This programmer lets you turn the system on and off by holding it for 1 or 2 seconds against the area where the neurostimulator is implanted. However, in most cases, the neurostimulator is always on.
DBS is a surgical treatment designed to reduce the severity of the tremor in your arms and hands associated with essential tremor (ET).2
DBS uses a surgically implanted medical device similar to a cardiac pacemaker to deliver electrical stimulation to the parts of the brain that control movement. Stimulation of these areas blocks the signals that cause the disabling motor symptoms of essential tremor. As a result, many individuals may achieve greater control over their body movements.
The DBS system for essential tremor control consists of three implanted components:
The device settings and stimulation levels can be adjusted noninvasively by a clinician using a programming device.
Although there is no cure for essential tremor, DBS has been shown to reduce symptoms.2
Risks of DBS can include risks of surgery, side effects, or device complications.
Neurologists and neurosurgeons have used electrical stimulation since the 1960s as a way to locate and distinguish specific sites in the brain. Brain stimulation technology was created in the 1980s.
There is no cure for essential tremor at this time. DBS therapy can treat some of the symptoms of essential tremor and improve function, but does not cure the underlying condition. If the treatment is discontinued, your symptoms will return.
Individuals with essential tremor experience total or significant suppression of disabling tremor – significantly reducing disability. DBS may improve the activities of daily living for people with essential tremor.2
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
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