When to Call Your Doctor Deep Brain Stimulation for Dystonia
Call your doctor if any of the following situations occur:
If your Medtronic DBS System ceases to function for any reason (e.g., battery depletion or exposure to electromagnetic interference [EMI] sources that will shut off the system), your symptoms may return. In some cases, symptoms may return with an intensity greater than was experienced prior to system implant (rebound effect).
There may be changes in the level of your symptom control over time.
These changes may include:
In many cases, your clinician can correct these changes by reprogramming your DBS system. However, surgery may be required to reposition or replace the lead, replace the system, or remove the system.
Because your disease may change with time, your condition may improve, may worsen, or may remain unchanged with stimulation.
When the neurostimulator is turned off, your symptoms will return. Some symptoms return quickly. Other symptoms may take longer to return.
*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.
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