About The Therapy Deep Brain Stimulation for Dystonia
Unlike other surgical treatments for dystonia*, DBS Therapy is reversible and adjustable. It uses an implanted device that stimulates specific areas of the brain. This may help manage some of your symptoms.
DBS Therapy for dystonia uses a surgically placed medical device, similar to a cardiac pacemaker, to deliver electrical stimulation to precisely targeted areas within the brain.
Neurostimulators are typically implanted near the collarbone. They generate electrical pulses and deliver them though the extensions and leads to targeted areas of the brain.
DBS Therapy for dystonia may help control your symptoms, but it is not a cure. When you turn on the DBS system, it will deliver stimulation that may decrease some or all of your symptoms. Your symptoms will return when the system is turned off.
We’ve provided answers to some of the most common questions and concerns for dystonia.
Read about the experiences of people who have received Medtronic DBS Therapy for dystonia. They share first-hand what life was like for them before and while receiving therapy.
*Humanitarian Device - Authorized by Federal Law as an aid in the management of chronic, intractable (drug refractory) primary dystonia, including generalized and/or segmental dystonia, hemidystonia, and cervical dystonia (torticollis), in patients seven years of age or above. The effectiveness of the devices for treating these conditions has not been demonstrated.
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