If your doctor feels deep brain stimulation (DBS) therapy for essential tremor can help manage your symptoms, the DBS system will be implanted surgically. After your body heals, your clinician will program the stimulator and adjust it to the level that works best for you.
DBS is not right for everyone. Only a doctor experienced with DBS can determine if you are a candidate. Generally, the treatment is not for recently diagnosed individuals, or for those who are doing well on medication for essential tremor.
With DBS therapy, a team consisting of a neurologist, a neurosurgeon, and nurses works together to help you manage your treatment for essential tremor.
People who receive a DBS system usually describe the surgical procedure as demanding and exhausting. Your doctor will be able to answer any questions you may have about the procedure.
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