Losing control of your movements due to Parkinson’s can leave you feeling like you're missing out on important parts of your relationships, or worse — like you’re losing part of yourself. By managing some of the movement symptoms of Parkinson’s, deep brain stimulation (DBS) may help you regain control again.
DBS uses a small pacemaker-like device, placed under the skin of the chest, to send electrical signals through extensions and very thin wires (leads) to an area in the brain that controls movement. To give you relief, these signals block some of the brain messages that cause the movement symptoms of Parkinson’s.
DBS may help control the movement symptoms of Parkinson's disease: tremor, slowed movement, and stiffness. DBS therapy is not for everyone. Results may vary. Risks may include: surgical complications, infection, failure to deliver therapy as needed and/or worsening of some symptoms.
In combination with medication, DBS therapy has helped people with Parkinson’s enjoy an improved quality of daily life, compared to those taking medication alone.1
DBS therapy may reduce the need for other Parkinson’s medications1 and, consequently, medication-related side effects. DBS delivers therapy 24 hours a day and doesn’t wear off while sleeping. It’s already working when you wake up.
Medtronic DBS Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease and Essential Tremor Clinical Summary, 2015.