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About DBS Therapy

About DBS Therapy

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) therapy may reduce many of the symptoms of Parkinson's disease.1 This adjustable and if necessary, reversible therapy uses an implanted device that electrically stimulates the brain, blocking the signals that cause disabling motor symptoms.

What Is It?

DBS therapy for Parkinson's disease uses a surgically implanted medical device similar to a cardiac pacemaker to deliver electrical stimulation to precisely targeted areas within the brain.

Benefits and Risks

All treatment and outcome results are specific to the individual patient, and will form part of your consultation with your healthcare professional.

Please consult your healthcare professional for a full list of benefits, indications, precautions, clinical results, and other important medical information that pertains to DBS therapy.

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn some of the commonly asked questions and concerns about how DBS therapy may reduce the symptoms of Parkinson's disease.

What Is It?

Frequently Asked Questions



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Schüpbach W, Rau J, Knudsen K, Volkmann J, Krack P, Timmermann L, et al. Neurostimulation for Parkinson’s disease with early motor complications. EARLYSTIM Study. N Eng J Med. 2013;368:610-622. 


 Weaver FM, Follett KA, Stern M, et al. Bilateral deep brain stimulation vs. best medical therapy for patients with advanced Parkinson’s disease. JAMA. 2009;301(1):63-73.


Williams A, Gill S, Jenkinson C, et al. Deep brain stimulation plus best medical therapy versus best medical therapy alone for advanced Parkinson’s disease (PD Surg trial): a randomised, open-label trial. Lancet Neurology 2010;9(6):581-91.

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