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After your surgery, your doctor or nurse will give you instructions about care at home. These instructions often include information about medications, the healing process after surgery, and when to return to your daily activities.
Making a full recovery from surgery can take several weeks. During the healing process, you may feel some discomfort at the incision sites on your scalp, and at the implantation site(s) for the neurostimulator(s). If you notice unusual symptoms, contact your doctor.
Always follow your doctor’s instructions for taking medication.
For the most part, everyday activities shouldn't interfere with or damage your DBS system. Here are some common ones to avoid. See your patient manual for a full list.
BENDING, TWISTING, STRETCHING
Avoid activities that could place stress on the implanted components of your DBS system. Activities that include sudden, excessive, or reptitive bending, twisting or stretching may cause parts of your system to break or move. Talk with your doctor about what activities are safe for you.
SECURITY DEVICES AND METAL DETECTORS
Walking through some theft detectors or security gates, like those at airports and department stores, may increase the stimulation or turn off your neurostimulator.
Before walking through a security gate, show your Medtronic Device Identification Card to security and reequest a hand search. If a security wand is used, ask the security personnel to avoid placing it over your neurostimulator.
If you must pass through a gate, walk through the center at a normal pace, and don't lean on or linger at the gate.
Most household appliances and electronic devices that work properly and are properly grounded, like computers, will not interfere with your deep brain stimulation system.
Call your doctor if any of the following situations occur:
It's extremely important to attend all of your device check-up appointments.
Your clinician will schedule these regular follow-up visits to:
There may be changes in the level of your symptom suppression control over time.
These changes may include:
In many cases, your clinician can correct these changes by reprogramming your DBS system. However, surgery may be required to reposition or replace the lead, replace the system, or remove the system.
Because your condition changes with time, it may improve, may worsen, or may remain unchanged with stimulation.
Your DBS system is designed to deliver your stimulation at the levels that best meet your needs. If you have any problems with the DBS system, contact your doctor.
Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.