DBS therapy offers an adjustable, and potentially reversible method for the treatment of symptoms associated with dystonia.
DBS uses a surgically implanted medical device similar to a cardiac pacemaker to deliver electrical stimulation to the parts of the brain that control movement. Stimulation of these areas enables the brain circuits that control movement to function better.
A DBS system consists of three implanted components:
The device settings and stimulation levels can be adjusted noninvasively by a clinician using a programming device.
DBS therapy for dystonia may help control your symptoms, but it is not a cure. When you turn on the brain stimulation system, it will deliver stimulation that may decrease some or all of your symptoms. Your symptoms will return when the system is turned off.
Risks of DBS can include risks of surgery, side effects, or device complications. Please refer to Benefits and Risks – DBS Therapy for more information.
Neurologists and neurosurgeons have used electrical stimulation since the 1960s as a way to locate and distinguish specific sites in the brain. Brain stimulation technology was developed in the 1980s.
DBS therapy is currently used in Australia to treat Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, and dystonia. Since 1997, more than 40,000 patients worldwide have received DBS therapy.
There is no cure for dystonia at this time. DBS treats the symptoms of dystonia.
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