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What Is DBS Therapy?

Parkinson's

 

Medtronic Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Therapy is a surgical treatment proven to reduce some of the symptoms associated with Parkinson's.1

What It Does

Medtronic DBS Therapy for Parkinson's control helps reduce some of the symptoms of Parkinson's and is used in conjunction with medication. Electrical stimulation is delivered to targeted areas on both sides of the brain to help relieve symptoms on both sides of the body. You may be a candidate for this therapy if your symptoms respond to levodopa, but levodopa and/or other medications have become less effective or ineffective.

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How DBS Works

During DBS Therapy, a small, pacemaker-like device sends electronic signals to an area in the brain that controls movement. These signals block some of the brain messages that cause annoying and disabling motor symptoms.

The device is placed under the skin in the chest (not in the brain). Very thin wires connect the device to your brain to enable the signals to reach the source of your symptoms.

What to Expect During Therapy

Following the procedure, your doctor adjusts the settings to optimise the therapy for you. Getting the initial settings right for you may take several sessions. Over time, your settings are then adjusted as your symptoms change.

Most people don’t feel the stimulation at all as it reduces their symptoms. Some people may feel a brief tingling when the stimulation is first turned on. A few weeks after the procedure, you can go back to your normal daily activities.

Always following your doctor’s instructions, you can gradually try activities that had become difficult for you.


References

1

Medtronic DBS Therapy for Parkinson's and Essential Tremor Clinical Summary, 2013.

 


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