Deep Brain Stimulation
Deep Brain Stimulation, or DBS, is a surgery which involves implanting electrodes into the patient's brain, which are connected to a pacemaker. The implant, controlled by the pacemaker, creates electrical currents which can help control some motor symptoms of Parkinson’s.
The surgery is designed as an option for people with Parkinson’s who have found drug treatments unhelpful in controlling symptoms, or who have had severe side-effects to medication. The surgery is invasive and can take over 8 hours. It should not be viewed as a ‘cure’ and is usually only for patients who have exhausted all other treatment options. The criteria for selection of patients appropriate to receive DBS is very strict.
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