Deep brain stimulation (DBS) may help control the symptoms of essential tremor, including rhythmic shaking. Find out more about DBS.
Medtronic DBS Therapy helps reduce tremor in one upper extremity, which typically includes one arm and hand.1
Clinical studies demonstrated that Medtronic DBS Therapy for Essential Tremor may provide improved ability to do everyday activities, less tremor, and less disability than prior to DBS therapy.
DBS works at night. It does not require removal at night, cleaning, refilling or maintenance upon waking in the morning*.
* Maintenance is required on the rechargeable system.
A doctor programs the DBS system to provide the best symptom control. As the symptoms change over time, the programming can be changed.
DBS is reversible. The system can be turned off or removed, in most cases, and won’t limit your future treatment options.
We know it’s important that you have access to MRI if you need this important test to diagnose a medical condition or injury. Medtronic DBS has full body MRI Conditional DBS systems, which means for anywhere on the body with some Medtronic DBS devices under certain conditions.
Placing the DBS system requires brain surgery, which could have serious and even fatal complications including coma, bleeding inside the brain, stroke, seizures, and infection. Once implanted, the system may become infected, parts may wear through your skin, and the lead and/or extension connector may move. Therapy could stop suddenly because of mechanical or electrical problems. Any of these situations may require additional surgery or cause symptoms to return or worsen. DBS Therapy may cause new or worsening neurological symptoms, including motor and speech, and psychiatric disorders.
In patients receiving DBS Therapy, depression, suicidal thoughts, and suicide have been reported.
Medtronic DBS systems are MR Conditional which means they are safe for MRI scans only under certain conditions. If the conditions are not met, the MRI could cause tissue heating especially at the implanted lead(s) in the brain which may result in serious and permanent injury or death. Before having an MRI, always talk with the doctor who manages your DBS Therapy to determine your eligibility and discuss potential benefits and risks of MRI. For further information, please call Medtronic at 800-328-0810.
Medtronic DBS Therapy for Parkinson's Disease and Essential Tremor Clinical Summary, 2015.
Miocinovic S, Somayajula S, Chitnis S, Vitek J. History, Applications, and Mechanisms of Deep Brain Stimulation. JAMA Neurol. 2013;70(2):163-171.