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Discover Medtronic DBS therapy for Parkinson’s

Losing control of your movements due to Parkinson’s can leave you feeling like you're missing out on important parts of your relationships, or worse — like you’re losing part of yourself. By managing some of the movement symptoms of Parkinson’s, deep brain stimulation (DBS) may help you regain control again.

DBS uses a small pacemaker-like device, placed under the skin of the chest, to send electrical signals through extensions and very thin wires (leads) to an area in the brain that controls movement. To give you relief, these signals block some of the brain messages that cause the movement symptoms of Parkinson’s. The Medtronic DBS neurostimulator with BrainSense™ technology* can also capture and store brain signal data directly from your implanted SenSight™ directional leads. Using this data, your physician may adjust your settings — personalizing the therapy to ensure the best possible outcome.*

DBS may help control the movement symptoms of Parkinson’s disease: tremor, slowed movement, and stiffness. DBS therapy is not for everyone. Results may vary. Risks may include: surgical complications, infection, failure to deliver therapy as needed and/or worsening of some symptoms.  See Important Safety Information.

A better quality of life

In combination with medication, DBS therapy has helped people with Parkinson’s enjoy an improved quality of daily life, compared to those taking medication alone.1

Less medication, more relief

Medtronic DBS therapy may reduce the need for other Parkinson’s medications1 and, consequently, medication-related side effects. DBS delivers therapy 24 hours a day and doesn’t wear off while sleeping. It’s already working when you wake up.

*Signal may not be present or measurable in all patients. Clinical benefits of brain sensing have not been established.

  

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Is DBS for me?

DBS therapy is a personal decision — one you and your doctor should make together. In general, you may be a candidate for DBS if you:

  • Have had Parkinson’s for 4+ years
  • Have had movement symptoms and/or medication side effects for 4 months or longer
  • Respond well to Levodopa
  • Have movement symptoms not adequately controlled by medication

Only your doctor can determine if DBS is right for you. Make an appointment with a movement disorder neurologist to get an evaluation.

Use this interactive symptom tracker and questionnaire to help guide the conversation with your doctor.

  

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Medtronic DBS Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease and Essential Tremor Clinical Summary, 2015.

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