USING YOUR PROGRAMMER AND RECHARGER DBS Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease

HOW TO USE YOUR PATIENT PROGRAMMER

You will use your patient programmer to turn your therapy on or off and check the battery. You may also be able to adjust the stimulation within options programmed by your doctor.

PICK YOUR PATIENT PROGRAMMER TO LEARN MORE

Original DBS Activa Patient Programmer

Model 37642

You can also download our guide for more information.

Close up of the new DBS Patient Programmer.

Model TH90D01

You can also download our guide for more information.

HOW TO USE YOUR RECHARGER

If you have an ActivaTM RC neurostimulator, you must check the battery daily and charge the battery regularly.

STICK TO A SCHEDULE

The key to recharging is to set up a schedule that's easy to remember and fits your routine. Some people choose to recharge every day for about 30 minutes, others recharge every 10 to 14 days for about four hours. Ask your doctor about how often you should charge your neurostimulator battery based on your therapy settings.

Frequent recharging doesn’t harm the battery or its performance, unlike batteries in some electronic devices.

CHECK THE BATTERY EVERY DAY

Use your patient programmer to check your battery level every day so that your therapy doesn't stop. The time before your battery gets low depends on the level of stimulation you are receiving. No matter your recharging schedule or your stimulation settings, your device will last for 15 years before it needs to be replaced.

RECHARGING SYSTEM

You can attach the recharging system comfortably over your shoulder and around your waist, so you can use it hands free. The system has the following parts:

Older woman wearing recharger
  • Recharger: Charges the battery in the neurostimulator — display provides information on the recharging process
  • Shoulder belt: Keeps the antenna positioned over your neurostimulator during your recharging sessions
  • Pouch: Holds the recharger so you can move comfortably while you recharge
  • Carrying case: Stores the recharger, the recharging components, and the DBS patient programmer

RECHARGER SYSTEM - FOR USE WITH ACTIVA™ RC ONLY

This video will help you learn how to use the recharging system with your Activa™ RC neurostimulator for deep brain stimulation. Topics include charging your neurostimulator battery, charging your recharger battery, and identifying recharger screens.

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.