You're probably wondering what to expect if you choose deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s. Along the way, you will have the support and expertise of a neurologist and neurosurgeon who have special training and experience with deep brain stimulation.
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 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 very thin wires (leads) 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. Find out more about the surgery.
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: