DBS – Deep Brain Stimulation
What is Deep Brain Stimulation?
- Deep Brain Stimulation, or DBS, is a treatment option used for various types of Movement Disorders.
- The procedure has been very successfully used in patients with Parkinson’s Disease or Essential Tremors.
- The procedure is an “adjunct” to medications, not a full replacement for medications.
What is involved with DBS?
- Dr. Athni will assess you and determine whether you are a good candidate for DBS.
- If you medically qualify for the procedure, you will be referred to a Neurosurgeon for DBS implantation.
- You are fully awake during the surgical procedure.
- The Neurosurgeon will drill a small hole in your skull, and insert an “electrode” into your brain.
- The Neurosurgeon will also implant a “power generator” in your chest.
- You will then return to Dr. Athni for detailed “programming and management” of your DBS.
How is the DBS programmed?
- After you have the DBS inmplanted, Dr. Athni will connect your “generator” to a hand held computer.
- He will then program the leads in the brain to activate certain parts of the brain, in an attempt to reduce and control your movement disorder.
- The full programming may take 3-4 months.