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About DBS Therapy

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Not everyone with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) responds well to medication or cognitive-behavioural therapy. Reclaim® DBS Therapy for OCD may relieve some of the symptoms of chronic, severe, treatment-resistant OCD.

What Is It?

Reclaim DBS uses a small, pacemaker-like device, placed under the skin of the chest, to send electronic signals to an area in the brain linked to OCD and may help reduce some of the symptoms of OCD.

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Our DBS Therapy Products

Neurostimulators are typically implanted near the collarbone. They generate electrical pulses and deliver them through extensions and leads to targeted areas of the brain.

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Risks and Probable Benefits

Like other brain surgeries, Reclaim DBS Therapy for OCD carries potential risks and side effects. However, the treatment itself is non-destructive (does not destroy brain tissue), reversible or removable, and adjustable.

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Questions and Answers

We’ve provided answers to some of the most common questions and concerns about Reclaim DBS Therapy for OCD.

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Indications: The Medtronic Reclaim™ DBS Therapy is indicated for bilateral stimulation of the anterior limb of the internal capsule, AIC, as an adjunct to medications and as an alternative to anterior capsulotomy for treatment of chronic, severe, treatment-resistant obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) inadult patients who have failed at least three selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).

Reclaim DBS Therapy for OCD is available in a very limited number of centres.  Only a specialised multidisciplinary group of physicians can determine whether this therapy is right for the patient.


Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.