Hear from people who live
with Medtronic DBS
You are no doubt curious about other people’s experiences with DBS therapy. Here, people who are receiving Medtronic DBS therapy share their stories with you.
The following stories recount the experiences of individuals who are receiving Medtronic DBS therapy. Medtronic invited them to share their stories candidly. As you read the stories, please bear in mind that the experiences are specific to each particular person.
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I was in a restaurant. I ordered a spaghetti dish and I was able to roll the spaghetti around the fork.
Now, I look after my own family. I look after my house, I walk my own dog, I just feel great. Life is grand.
A lot of things people would take for granted, but when you have got Parkinson’s a lot of things can take forever like making a drink, brushing your teeth, getting dressed, but DBS has made it all so much easier.
The operation gave me back my life, my quality of life.
DBS has stopped the dyskinesia by 90% and now I can continue the activities that I enjoy such as cooking and embroidery.
Since the operation, the trembling has stopped. It might reappear from time to time during the day, but on the whole it has stopped. The stiffness I used to have has nearly stopped. I also feel much more at ease in my body.
Being able to go out to a restaurant and have a meal without worrying about whether your arm is shaking and people watching you and those sorts of things. The everyday life makes life easier.
You become dependent, you are very much part of your living with Parkinson’s and now I don’t need to live with Parkinson’s. I can live my own life, I have freedom.
These patient testimonials relate an account of an individual’s response to the treatment. The account is genuine, typical and documented. However, the individual’s response does not provide any indication, guide, warranty or guarantee as to the response other persons may have to the treatment. The response other people have to the treatment could be different. Responses to the treatment discussed can and do vary and are specific to the individual patient. Please consult your healthcare professional for a full list of benefits, indications, precautions, clinical results and other important medical information that pertains to the therapy or products discussed.