DBS from Medtronic offers an adjustable, reversible surgical method of treatment for Parkinson's.
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 Parkinson's. As a result, individuals may achieve greater control over their body movements.
The DBS System consists of three implanted components:
The device settings and stimulation levels can be adjusted noninvasively by a clinician using a programming device. With an Activa RC, Activa PC, or Activa SC system, your clinician may allow you to adjust your settings with the DBS patient programmer.Back to top
Although there is no cure for Parkinson's, DBS has been proven to reduce some of the symptoms associated with Parkinson's.1
Risks of DBS can include risks of surgery, side effects, or device complications. Please see Important Safety Information for more details.
Neurologists and neurosurgeons have used electrical stimulation since the 1960s as a way to locate and distinguish specific sites in the brain. Medtronic developed brain stimulation technology in the 1980s in conjunction with leading international physician researchers.
Medtronic DBS Therapy is currently approved to treat symptoms of Parkinson’s, essential tremor, dystonia,* and obsessive-compulsive disorder.* Since 1997, more than 100,000 patients worldwide have benefited from Medtronic DBS Therapy.2
There is no cure for Parkinson's at this time. DBS Therapy may reduce some of the symptoms of Parkinson's1, but does not cure the underlying condition. If the treatment is discontinued, your symptoms will return.
*Humanitarian Use Device: The effectiveness of this device for the treatment of dystonia or obsessive-compulsive disorder has not been established.
Medtronic DBS Therapy for Parkinson's and Essential Tremor Clinical Summary, 2009.
Data on file at Medtronic, Inc.
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