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Using Your Patient Programmer

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You will use your patient programmer to turn your therapy on or off and check the battery. You may also be able to adjust the stimulation within options programmed by your doctor.

Patient Programmer Basics

  • Know what to do when you see a warning or alert
  • Start by learning the easy, basic operation of your programmer
  • Over time, learn more features of your programmer
  • Always keep the programmer with you


There are three models of patient programmer.

  • DBS Patient Programmer for Activa® neurostimulators
  • Access Review Patient Programmer for Soletra®
  • Access Patient Programmer for Kinetra®

Instruction and Help

  • Your clinician or nurse will show you how to use your programmer. Call the hospital if you need more help or have questions.
  • You will receive a manual with detailed instructions.
  • The Medtronic DBS Helpline is here to answer questions about how to use your programmer. Call us on +44 (0) 1923 205101, Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm.

What Do the Buttons Do?

Your manual explains the symbols displayed on the screen. The illustration shows the main buttons on the DBS Patient Programmer for Activa neurostimulators.

  1. Turn therapy on and off.
  2. Check status of neurostimulator battery.
  3. Press up or down arrows for menu options. Press left or right arrows to see more choices.
  4. Increase or decrease therapy settings.
  5. Turn programmer on and off.


What Do the Symbols Mean?

Your manual explains the symbols displayed on the screen. The chart is a quick guide to common symbols on the DBS Patient Programmer used with Activa neurostimulators.

dbs-status-on Therapy is on.
dbs-status-off Therapy is off.
dbs-battery-ok Battery is okay.
br_pic Battery is close to depletion.
dbs-clinician-eri Call your clinician. The neurostimulator battery is close to depletion. Therapy will not be available soon.
dbs-clinician-eos Call your clinician immediately to schedule replacement surgery. The neurostimulator battery is depleted and your neurostimulator is no longer delivering therapy.

Manuals and Quick Guides

Your programmer manual has information about use, maintenance, and troubleshooting.

  • Your clinician will give you the printed manual for your programmer
  • You can get a replacement copy by calling Medtronic Patient Services at (800) 510-6735
  • You can also view or save the following electronic versions on your computer




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.