When is the best time to consider DBS therapy?

WHEN IS THE
BEST TIME
TO CONSIDER
DBS THERAPY?

Parkinson's symptoms get worse over time. The right time for DBS is when medications alone aren't providing enough relief, but still have some effect. The right time to talk with your doctor about DBS is now—so you know all your options and can act at the right time.


WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO CONSIDER DBS THERAPY?

Parkinson’s is a progressive disease—the symptoms get worse over time. It’s best to consider DBS therapy before your Parkinson’s symptoms have progressed beyond what is called 'the window of opportunity'. This is when your Parkinson’s medications are not as effective as they used to be, but before your symptoms stop responding to medication.

DBS therapy will be most effective in treating your Parkinson’s if you:

  • Have responded well to dopaminergic medication (e.g., levodopa)1
  • Still benefit from medication, but it’s becoming less effective or causing intolerable side effects2
  • Require multiple medications, higher dosages, or more frequent doses to manage your symptoms2

Don’t wait until it’s too late

We want to see you gain the most out of DBS therapy. The earlier DBS is introduced, the greater the benefits. DBS therapy will no longer be an option if you wait until:

  • Your symptoms no longer respond to medication
  • You develop medical conditions that prevent surgery such as cognitive impairment, gait and balance problems
  • You become severely disabled

 


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Talk with your neurologist now

Discuss DBS therapy with your neurologist early in your treatment plan, even if your symptoms are still being controlled by medication. Give yourself the time to consider the potential benefits and possible risks of the therapy, so that you can choose whether DBS is right for you when the window of opportunity arrives.

Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking to your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.


References

1Okun MS, Fallo BV, Mandybur G, et al. Subthalamic deep brain stimulation with a constant current device in Parkinson’s disease: an open label randomized clinical trial. Lancet Neurology. 2012;11(12):1014-1015.

2Basic Information About Parkinson's Disease. Available at: European Parkinson's Disease Association.

Results may vary from patient to patient. Not everyone who receives Medtronic DBS therapy will experience the same results. Some people may experience significant symptom relief from DBS therapy, and others may experience minimal relief.

Talk to your doctor to see if Medtronic DBS therapy is right for you. For further information, please consult your healthcare professional who can explain the benefits and risks and important safety information.