Deep Brain Stimulation
Deep brain stimulation is a surgical procedure used to treat neurological symptoms caused by Parkinson's disease.
The procedure can help reduce symptoms such as:
- Walking problems
- Slowed movement
Deep brain stimulation is generally used for patients who have symptoms that can't be controlled with medication. Before the procedure, a neurosurgeon uses an MRI or CT scan to identify what part of the brain is sending signals that cause Parkinson's symptoms. Then, a neurostimulator is surgically implanted in the brain. The small, battery-operated device electrically stimulates areas in the brain that control movement. This blocks the abnormal nerve signals that cause Parkinson's symptoms. A battery pack is also implanted under the skin, usually near the collarbone, chest or abdomen.
Deep brain stimulation is a safe treatment option for many reasons:
- It does not damage healthy brain tissue
- The procedure can be reversed
- Stimulation from the neurostimulator is easily adjustable as the patient's condition changes
Deep brain stimulation offers many benefits to patients, including:
- Decrease in Parkinson's symptoms
- Decrease in medications
- Decrease in side effects caused by medications