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About DBS Therapy

Parkinson's Disease

DBS Therapy is a treatment for movement symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, including shaking, stiffness, and difficulty moving. DBS Therapy gives you more relief without giving you more medicine.

What Is It?

DBS Therapy for Parkinson's disease uses a surgically placed medical device, similar to a cardiac pacemaker, to deliver electrical stimulation to precisely targeted areas within the brain.


Our DBS Therapy Products

Neurostimulators are typically implanted near the collarbone. They generate electrical pulses and deliver them through extensions and leads to targeted areas of the brain.

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Benefits and Risks

DBS has been proven to reduce some of the symptoms associated with Parkinson's disease.1 Medtronic DBS Therapy is currently approved to treat Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, dystonia,* and obsessive-compulsive disorder.* Since 1997, more than 100,000 patients worldwide have received Medtronic DBS Therapy.2


Questions and Answers

We've provided answers to some of the most common questions and concerns about DBS Therapy.


Personal Stories

Read about the experiences of people who have received DBS Therapy for Parkinson's disease. You’ll learn first-hand what life was like for these particular patients, both before and with treatment.


*Humanitarian Use Device: The effectiveness of this device for the treatment of dystonia or obsessive-compulsive disorder has not been established.



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