Use the information below to help you get the most from your Reclaim™ Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Therapy for OCD.*
After your surgery, your doctor or nurse will give you instructions about care at home. These instructions often include information about medications, the healing process after surgery, and when to return to your daily activities.
Making a full recovery from surgery can take several weeks. During the healing process, you may feel some discomfort at the incision sites on your scalp, and at the implantation site(s) for the neurostimulator(s). If you notice unusual symptoms, contact your doctor.
Always follow your doctor’s instructions for taking medication.
Loss of coordination is a potential side effect of DBS therapy. Patients should exercise reasonable caution when participating in activities requiring coordination, including those that they were able to perform prior to receiving DBS therapy (eg, swimming).
For the most part, everyday activities shouldn't interfere with or damage your DBS system. Here are some common ones to avoid. See your patient manual for a full list.
BENDING, TWISTING, STRETCHING
Avoid activities that could place stress on the implanted components of your DBS system. Activities that include sudden, excessive, or repetitive bending, twisting or stretching may cause parts of your system to break or move. Talk with your doctor about what activities are safe for you.
SECURITY DEVICES AND METAL DETECTORS
Walking through some theft detectors or security gates, like those at airports and department stores, may increase the stimulation or turn off your neurostimulator.
Before walking through a security gate, show your Medtronic Device Identification Card to security and request a hand search. If a security wand is used, ask the security personnel to avoid placing it over your neurostimulator.
If you must pass through a gate, walk through the center at a normal pace, and don't lean on or linger at the gate.
Most household appliances and electronic devices that work properly and are properly grounded, like computers, will not interfere with your deep brain stimulation system.
Call your doctor if any of the following situations occur:
It's extremely important to attend all of your device check-up appointments.
Your clinician will schedule these regular follow-up visits to:
There may be changes in the level of your symptom suppression control over time.
These changes may include:
In many cases, your clinician can correct these changes by reprogramming your Reclaim™ DBS System. However, surgery may be required to reposition or replace the lead, replace the system, or remove the system.
Because your condition changes with time, it may improve, may worsen, or may remain unchanged with stimulation.
Your Reclaim™ DBS system is designed to deliver your stimulation at the levels that best meet your needs. If you have any problems with the Reclaim™ DBS system, contact your doctor.
Our patient services department is here to answer your questions about your implanted system or treatment. We can provide general educational information about Medtronic devices and answer technical questions about Medtronic devices and therapies.
To reach Patient Services, call 800-510-6735, Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm CT.
Always carry a card that identifies you as having an implanted device.
Your doctor's office will send Medtronic the information necessary for you to receive your patient identification card. This information is also used to track your implanted device, which is an FDA requirement. If your address, phone, or physician changes, you are responsible for updating your information on file.
Update your records and get a new card.
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 (U.S.A.) law for use as an adjunct to medications and as an alternative to anterior capsulotomy for treatment of chronic, severe, treatment-resistant obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in adult patients who have failed at least three selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). The effectiveness of this device for this use has not been demonstrated.