Deep Brain Stimulation

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a surgical alternative to drug therapy for patients with tremor or Parkinson’s disease. DBS uses Activa® Control Therapy from Medtronic, Inc. to relieve the slowness, stiffness, and shaking that characterize Parkinson’s disease and the tremor or Essential Tremor.

How it Works

DBS delivers a mild electrical stimulation to block errant brain signals that cause tremor. An insulated wire lead is surgically implanted in one or both sides of the brain. The lead is connected by an extension wire passed under the skin to a pulse generator implanted near the collarbone. You turn the system on and off with a small, hand-held patient controller. The procedure is adjustable and reversible, which means your options remain open if new therapies are developed.

Our team completes a thorough neurological and neuropsychological examination to determine if this treatment is best for you. While DBS is not a cure, it can alleviate most tremor for patients with essential tremor and moderate symptoms for many patients with Parkinson’s disease.

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