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Getting a Replacement – DBS Therapy

Essential Tremor

We want to ensure that you continue to benefit from your Medtronic DBS Therapy and its proven reduction in some of the symptoms associated with essential tremor.1

Getting a Replacement

Before your battery runs out, you’ll need to replace the neurostimulator of your Medtronic DBS system through a surgical procedure. The DBS lead and extension can typically stay in place and be reconnected to the new neurostimulator. In some cases a pocket adapter may be required.

On average, and depending on programmed settings, an Activa SC or Activa PC neurostimulator battery lasts 3 to 5 years. Battery life depends on how much stimulation you’re programmed to receive each day.

While the Activa® RC neurostimulator is rechargeable, in time it will need to be replaced. The Activa RC neurostimulator lasts for 9 years.

Your clinician will closely monitor the performance and battery levels of your neurostimulator at each of your appointments. Be sure to tell your clinician right away if you experience any unusual symptoms, side effects, or changes in your condition.



Medtronic DBS Therapy for Parkinson's Disease and Essential Tremor Clinical Summary, 2009.

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