Deep Brain Stimulation

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Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is the most advanced treatment for symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease since the introduction of the drug levadopa more than 30 years ago. DBS uses an implanted electrode to deliver continuous high-frequency electrical stimulation to either the thalamus, globus pallidus (GPi), or the subthalamic nucleus (STN), another part of the brain controlling movement. High frequency stimulation of cells in these areas actually shuts them down, helping to rebalance control messages throughout the movement control centers in the brain.

Patients with Parkinson’s disease, Essential Tremor, dystonia or tremor due to multiple sclerosis, with movement related symptoms that cannot be controlled by medications can be may be candidates for this surgery.