Medtronic deep brain stimulation (DBS) therapy for Parkinson's is a long-term treatment that requires your involvement, as well as that of your healthcare team. Following the implantation of the Medtronic DBS system, you'll work closely with your team to make sure the treatment meets your specific needs.
Making a full recovery from surgery is a process that can take several weeks. During the healing process, you will feel some discomfort at the incision sites on your scalp, and at the implant site(s) for the neurostimulator(s). If you notice unusual symptoms, contact your doctor.
During your recovery, follow your doctor's instructions about activities that include bending your neck, raising your arms over your shoulders, or strenuous activities like lifting heavy objects.
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You may not experience immediate symptom relief from the treatment. In fact, it may take 12 to 18 months after the procedure to reach maximum effect. Visits to your clinic for initial programming after surgery and periodic adjustments are a routine part of DBS treatment. During these check-ups, your doctor may evaluate your comfort and range of motion in the area of the neurostimulator and extension. You may also have an X-ray to check placement of the neurostimulation system.
Your clinician will program your neurostimulator to best reduce your symptoms while minimising any side effects. Follow-up appointments will be scheduled to maximise the benefits of the treatment. It may take several visits to adjust the stimulation before the right settings are determined. Your clinician may also allow you to adjust therapy settings on your own using the DBS patient programmer.