Replacement Deep Brain Stimulation for Dystonia

Overview

We want to ensure that your DBS system for dystonia* continues to function properly. Before your battery runs out, you’ll need to replace the neurostimulator(s) of your Medtronic DBS system through a surgical procedure. The DBS leads and extensions can typically stay in place and be reconnected to the new neurostimulator(s).

Your clinician will closely monitor the performance and battery levels of your neurostimulator at each of your appointments. The patient programmer will alert you about three months before the battery runs out so you have plenty of time to plan for a replacement. Be sure to tell your clinician right away if you experience any unusual symptoms, side effects, or changes in your condition.

Battery life depends on the programming settings.


*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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