Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is commonly used to treat essential tremor, Parkinson's disease, and dystonia, a movement disorder in which the muscles contract and spasm. When medications aren’t as effective and symptoms make everyday life a challenge, DBS may help.

 

WHAT IS DBS?

DBS uses a small, pacemaker-like device, placed under the skin of the chest, to send electronic signals to an area in the brain that controls movement. To give you relief, these signals block some of the brain messages that cause the movement symptoms of Parkinson’s.

 

WHEN TO TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT DBS

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a 24-hour therapy that helps control movement symptoms of Parkinson's, including tremor (shaking), slowed movement, and stiffness. The right time to talk with your doctor about DBS is now – whether you have just been diagnosed or have had Parkinson's for some time. That way, when you notice that you aren’t responding to medications the way you used to, you and your doctor will be ready to determine if DBS is right for you.

 

PERSONAL STORIES ABOUT MEDTRONIC DBS

REAL LIVES. REAL DIFFERENCE.

The best people to tell you about deep brain stimulation are those who have experienced it themselves.

The following stories recount the experiences of individuals who are receiving Medtronic DBS Therapy. Medtronic invited them to share their stories candidly. As you read the stories, please bear in mind that the experiences are specific to each particular person.

 

Patient testmonials:

“Before DBS therapy, I couldn’t tie my shoes, button my shirts or tie my own tie. After the therapy, I could do all of those things myself”  - Jerry

“I feel so much better. My energy level is improved and I’m smiling all the time. If I didn’t have DBS therapy, I believe I’d be in a nursing home” – Claire

 

Source :  Medtronic DBS

Learn more - http://medtronicdbs.com/parkinsons-deep-brain-stimulation/index.htm

Parkinson’s treatment - http://medtronicdbs.com/parkinsons-treatments/index.htm