USING YOUR PROGRAMMER AND RECHARGER DBS Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease

HOW TO USE YOUR PATIENT PROGRAMMER

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.

INSTRUCTION AND HELP

  • Your clinician or nurse will show you how to use your programmer. Call the clinic if you need more help or have questions.
  • You will receive a manual with detailed instructions.
  • Medtronic Patient Services is here to answer questions about how to use your programmer. Call us at 800-510-6735, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time.
  • Visit our YouTube channel for videos about the Activa® programmer and recharger.

GETTING STARTED

  • Start by learning the basic operation of your programmer.
  • Know what to do when you see a warning or alert.
  • Over time, learn more features of your programmer.
  • Always keep the programmer with you.

PATIENT PROGRAMMER GUIDES

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.

WHAT DO THE BUTTONS DO?

Illustration identifying the main buttons on patient programmer for Activa neurostimulator

Your manual explains the symbols displayed on the screen. The illustration shows the main buttons on the DBS Patient Programmer for Activa neurostimulators.

  1. Turn DBS therapy on and off.
  2. Check status of neurostimulator battery.
  3. Press up or down arrows for menu options. Press left or right arrows to see more choices.
  4. Increase or decrease therapy settings, if applicable.
  5. Turn programmer on and off.

HOW TO USE YOUR RECHARGER

If you have an Activa RC neurostimulator, you must check the battery daily and charge the battery regularly.

STICK TO A SCHEDULE

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.

CHECK THE BATTERY EVERY DAY

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.

RECHARGING SYSTEM

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:

Older woman wearing recharger
  • Recharger: Charges the battery in the neurostimulator — display provides information on the recharging process
  • Shoulder belt: Keeps the antenna positioned over your neurostimulator during your recharging sessions
  • Pouch: Holds the recharger so you can move comfortably while you recharge
  • Carrying case: Stores the recharger, the recharging components, and the DBS patient programmer