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Questions and Answers - Getting DBS Therapy

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Am I a candidate for Reclaim® Deep Brain Stimulation Therapy for OCD?

Reclaim DBS is not right for everyone. Only a doctor experienced with Reclaim DBS can determine whether or not you are a candidate.

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).

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What is the typical length of hospitalisation for tests, procedure, and recovery?

Most people spend a couple of days at the hospital. Healing can take several weeks. You will have pain medications for any discomfort you may have at the incision sites.

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How is the stimulation adjusted?

Your clinician programs your stimulation levels wirelessly. The process is a noninvasive way of adjusting stimulation to meet your symptom control needs.

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Does the Reclaim™ DBS system make any noise?

No.

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Is it safe to have medical procedures with the system implanted?

Consult your doctor before any medical treatment or diagnostic test (for example, MRI, mammograms, electrocautery, or heart defibrillation). You should not have diathermy (deep heat treatment) under any circumstances.

Medtronic provides the first safe access to MRI anywhere on the body with some DBS systems under certain conditions—giving your doctor an important tool for diagnosis. 

Medtronic DBS systems are MR Conditional which means they are safe for MRI scans only under certain conditions. If the conditions are not met, the MRI could cause tissue heating especially at the implanted lead(s) in the brain which may result in serious and permanent injury or death. Before having an MRI, always talk with the doctor who manages your DBS Therapy to determine your eligibility and discuss potential benefits and risks of MRI.  For more information, call the DBS Helpline on 01923 205101 between 09.00-16.00.  If possible, please have your patient identification card ready.

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Can other people see the components of the Reclaim DBS System?

Depending on your body build, the neurostimulator may be noticeable as a small bulge under the skin. It typically isn't noticeable under clothes. There also may be a slight bump on the top of your head, but it usually isn't visible under hair.

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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.