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LIVING WITH DBS THERAPY DBS Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease

GET BACK TO YOUR LIFE

DBS therapy for Parkinson’s treatment is a big step towards living a more independent life. Under your doctor’s guidance, you will be able to gradually return to your usual activities.

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • DBS will have only minimal impact on your daily activities, the clothes you can wear, or how you travel.
  • DBS delivers therapy 24 hours a day, so it will be working to control your symptoms when you wake up first thing in the morning.
  • DBS doesn't require any maintenance from you (except for recharging if you have a rechargeable system).

USING YOUR PATIENT PROGRAMMER AND RECHARGER

Learning how to properly use your patient programmer and recharger is an important part of ongoing DBS therapy.


YOUR CHECKUPS ARE IMPORTANT

Be sure to attend all the scheduled checkups with the doctor who manages your DBS therapy. Tell your doctor if your Parkinson's symptoms have changed. Your doctor will:

  • Make sure that your DBS system is working properly.
  • Adjust your stimulation to best control your symptoms.
  • Check the battery of your neurostimulator to see if you will soon need a device replacement.

ADJUSTING THE SETTINGS

As Parkinson's progresses and your symptoms change, your doctor will adjust the settings of your DBS system to maximize symptom relief while minimizing side effects.

Tell your doctor about your symptoms and how the treatment is working. In most cases, your doctor can adjust the settings to improve symptom control.

If a problem should develop with your DBS system, your doctor will evaluate whether it needs to be repositioned, replaced, or removed.