You're probably wondering what to expect if you choose deep brain stimulation (DBS) treatment for essential tremor. Here are the steps. Along the way, you will have the support and expertise of a neurologist and neurosurgeon who have special training and experience with DBS Therapy.
Your neurologist — typically a movement disorder specialist — will evaluate you to see if DBS is a good option for you. The evaluation usually includes:
The doctor will share the results with you, and together you will decide whether or not to go forward with the therapy.
Your doctor will create images and maps of your brain to help guide the placement of leads during the surgery. You will have an MRI or CT scan to capture images of your brain.
There are two parts to the DBS surgery: implanting a thin wire (lead) in the brain and placing the pacemaker-like device, called the neurostimulator, under the skin of the chest. The two parts may be done on the same day, or two different days.
A few weeks later, your doctor will turn on the neurostimulator and adjust the stimulation to best control your symptoms while minimizing side effects.
Then it's time to get back to your life!
It's extremely important to attend all of your checkups with the doctor who manages your DBS therapy. Your doctor will:
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.