What is deep brain stimulation?
“Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a surgical therapy used
for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease (PD). During
DBS surgery, a special wire, called a lead, is inserted into
a specific area of the brain. The lead, which has anywhere
from four to eight electrodes, delivers electrical currents
to precise brain locations responsible for movement,
regulating the abnormal brain cell activity that causes
symptoms such as tremor and stiffness. It is important to
keep in mind that DBS can only help relieve the symptoms
of Parkinson’s, not cure or stop its progression (Parkinson’s Foundation).”
Our neurologists refer out to a neurosurgeon who would handle the placement of the DBS Device. After the surgery, Dr. Patton, our Movement Disorder Specialist will perform the programming for the DBS device to find the most optimal settings to manage your quality of life.