Deep brain stimulation (DBS) therapy is a surgical treatment which may reduce some of the symptoms associated with Parkinson's disease (PD).1
DBS uses a surgically implanted medical device similar to a cardiac pacemaker to deliver electrical stimulation to precisely targeted areas within the brain.
Stimulation of these areas blocks the signals that cause the disabling motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease. The electrical stimulation can be noninvasively adjusted to maximise therapy benefits. As a result, many individuals may achieve greater control over their body movements.
A DBS system consists of three implanted components:
Your surgeon may provide you with a small, handheld patient programmer or magnet. This programmer lets you turn the system on and off by holding it for 1 or 2 seconds against the area where the neurostimulator is implanted. However, in most cases, the neurostimulator is always on.
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