USING YOUR PROGRAMMER AND RECHARGER DBS Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease
You will use your patient programmer to turn your therapy on or off and check the battery. You may also be able to adjust the stimulation within options programmed by your doctor.
Your programmer manual has information about use, maintenance, and troubleshooting. If you have an Activa neurostimulator, you will also have an illustrated quick guide.
Your clinician will give you the printed manual for your programmer. You can get a replacement copy by calling Medtronic Patient Services at 800-510-6735 Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time — or view and print a copy below.
Your manual explains the symbols displayed on the screen. The illustration shows the main buttons on the DBS Patient Programmer for Activa neurostimulators.
If you have an Activa RC neurostimulator, you must check the battery daily and charge the battery regularly.
The key to recharging is to set up a schedule that's easy to remember and fits your routine. Some people choose to recharge every day for about 30 minutes, others recharge every 10 to 14 days for about four hours. Ask your doctor about how often you should charge your neurostimulator battery based on your therapy settings.
Frequent recharging doesn’t harm the battery or its performance, unlike batteries in some electronic devices.
Use your patient programmer to check your battery level every day so that your therapy doesn't stop. The time before your battery gets low depends on the level of stimulation you are receiving. No matter your recharging schedule or your stimulation settings, your device will last for nine years before it needs to be replaced.
You can attach the recharging system comfortably over your shoulder and around your waist, so you can use it hands free. The system has the following parts: