You may use your patient programmer to turn your dystonia* 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.
  • Learn more features of your programmer over time.
  • Keep the programmer with you at all times.


There are three models of patient programmer:

  1. DBS Patient Programmer for Activa™ neurostimulators
  2. Access Review Patient Programmer for Soletra™
  3. Access Patient Programmer for Kinetra™

Instruction and Help

  • Your clinician or nurse will show you how to use your programmer. Call the clinic if you need more help or have questions.
  • You will receive a manual with detailed instructions.
  • Medtronic Patient Services is here to answer questions about how to use your programmer. Call us at 800-510-6735, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT.

What Do the Activa Patient Programmer 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.

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.


Humanitarian Device - Authorized by Federal Law as an aid in the management of chronic, intractable (drug refractory) primary dystonia, including generalized and/or segmental dystonia, hemidystonia, and cervical dystonia (torticollis), in patients seven years of age or above. The effectiveness of the devices for treating these conditions has not been demonstrated.