Deep Brain Stimulation
See the Transformation
Watch the intense tremors of essential tremor (ET) and Parkinson’s disease disappear with deep brain stimulation (DBS). If your medications aren’t working as well as they used to, DBS Therapy may be right for you.
DBS Therapy can relieve your movement systems
Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) helps control the movement symptoms of Parkinson's disease and essential tremor, including tremor, slowed movement and stiffness. More than 100,000 patients have received Medtronic DBS Therapy for certain neurological disorders such as Parkinson's disease, dystonia, and essential tremor.*
* Medtronic, data on file
How DBS works
Deep Brain Stimulation uses a small, pacemaker-like device placed under the skin in the chest to send electrical signals to an area in the brain that controls movement. These signals block some of the brain messages that cause the movement symptoms of Parkinson's disease and essential tremor.
This 24-hour therapy puts you in control
For many people, DBS makes a difference when even small tasks have become challenging. DBS Therapy helps some people stay as independent as possible and keep doing the activities they love.
Control more than tremor
DBS treats tremor as well as other movement symptoms of Parkinson's disease, including slowed movement (bradykinesia) and stiffness (rigidity).
Use less medication
DBS may reduce your need for Parkinson's medication , along with medication-related side effects like unintended movements.
Get more hours in your day
Compared to medications alone, DBS Therapy provides additional hours of good movement control each day . What would you do with yours?
Personalize your therapy
DBS can be wirelessly programmed to best control your symptoms. A controller allows you to turn the system on and off, adjust the stimulation, and check the battery.
Resume favorite activities
DBS Therapy improves quality of life more than medications alone . Symptom control may help you continue taking care of family, working, or participating more fully in vacations, weddings and other events.
Ensure you can get an MRI
All Medtronic DBS systems are designed so that you can, with proper safeguards, get a magnetic resonance image (MRI) head scan to diagnose headache, seizures, stroke or other conditions.
Make daily routines easier
Good movement control with DBS makes it easier to do everyday things like writing, bathing and dressing, and drinking and eating.
Keep your options open
DBS will not reduce your future therapy options. It is reversible and the system can be removed. You can continue medications and take advantage of new treatments, or even a cure.
 Medtronic DBS Therapy for Parkinson's Disease and Essential Tremor Clinical Summary, 2013.
When is Deep Brain Stimulation Therapy the right choice?
Five key questions:
1. Have you been diagnosed with Parkinson's for at least 4 years?
2. Are there times when medication is not helping enough when you experience symptoms?
3. Do you experience troubling involuntary excessive movements (dyskinesias)?
4. Do you typically take dopaminergic drugs (Levodopa, Sinemet*, Stalevo*, Parcopa*)?
5. After trying several drug combinations, do you experience sleepiness, nausea, hallucinations, confusion/other thinking problems, lightheadedness when standing or behavioral/personality changes?
*Sinemet is a registered trademark of Merck and Co., Inc., Stalevo a registered trademark of Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Parcopa a registered trademark of SRZ Properties, Inc.
If you answered yes to any of these questions, make an appointment to see if Medtronic DBS Therapy is right for you.