Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a surgical procedure to implant a pacemaker-like device that sends electrical signals to brain areas responsible for body movement. Electrodes are placed deep in the brain and are connected to a stimulator/battery device. Similar to a heart pacemaker, a neurostimulator uses electric pulses to help regulate brain activity. DBS can help reduce the symptoms of tremor, slowness of movement, stiffness, and walking problems caused by movement disorders. It may be a treatment option for people who have Parkinsoní»s disease, dystonia, or essential tremor and whose symptoms are not well controlled with medication. Successful DBS allows people to better manage their symptoms, reduce their medications, and improve their quality of life.
Who performs the procedure?
Deep brain stimulation surgery is performed by a neurosurgeon who has specialized training in functional neurosurgery. The surgical team also includes a neurologist.