Brain Stimulator Surgery for Parkinson’s Disease

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Brain Stimulator Surgery for Parkinson’s Disease

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is the process of implanting electrodes in certain areas of the brain in order to regulate abnormal impulses, especially Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, dystonia, epilepsy and obsessive compulsive disorder. These electrodes regulate abnormal impulses by producing electrical impulses, affecting certain cells and chemicals in the brain. A device similar to a pacemaker is used to reach the electrodes in the brain. This device is placed under the skin in the upper chest area and is connected via a wire to the electrodes in your brain. The amount of stimulation to be produced is controlled by this device.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why DBS is done?

Seen as the solution for various neurological conditions affecting hundreds of thousands of people worldwide, the DBS procedure is a surgical procedure used mostly to treat patients with movement disorders such as essential tremor, Parkinson’s disease and dystonia. It is also used to control symptoms in patients with obsessive compulsive disorder and epilepsy, where medications are no longer effective.

What are symptoms that the patient has in the case of Parkinson’s Disease?

Although not all patients experience the same symptoms, the most common ones can be listed as tremor, bradykinesia – slowing down of movement, stiffness, abnormal walking.

What is the success rate of deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's disease?

The DBS procedure for Parkinson’s disease provides a 51% 10-year survival rate. Over 10 years of follow-up studies show that although DBS does not halt disease progression in PD, it provides lasting symptomatic relief.

Is there an age limit for DBS?

There is no absolute age limit for the use of DBS, but it is recognized that patients 70 or older may not perform as well as younger patients.

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