Deep Brain Stimulation
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a procedure to treat neurological and mental conditions using a device that produces electrical impulses in the brain
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What Is Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)?
DBS treats neurological disorders related to movement problems caused by faulty electrical signals in the brain. Some examples of neurological diseases treated with the use of DBS include:
- Parkinson’s Disease
- An essential tremor
- Multiple sclerosis
Deep brain stimulation can also help with certain mental health disorders, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder.
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How Common Are DBS Implantation Procedures?
What Conditions and Symptoms Can DBS Treat?
DBS can treat a variety of both neurological and mental health conditions. Conditions where this treatment has been an effective form of treatment include:
- Dystonia: Dystonia is when the body has involuntary muscle contractions that cause slow, repetitive movements and unusual postures. DBS can treat these symptoms by sending controlled electricity into the connected areas of the brain.4
- Essential tremor: An essential tremor is a neurological condition that causes involuntary shaking. These most often occur in the hands and can extend to the legs. It may also cause movement of the head. The DBS procedure is the most common type of surgery for treating an essential tremor.5
- Medication-resistant epilepsy: Using DBS therapy can help decrease the frequency of seizures for those with medication-resistant epilepsy.6
- Parkinson’s disease: DBS therapy helps address the movement symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and the side effects caused by medication.
- Medication-resistant obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD): Deep brain stimulation can treat disorders like medication-resistant OCD by targeting specific areas of the brain involved in OCD.
- Addictions: Drug seeking behavior may decrease with the use of DBS treatment. The procedure targets the reward areas of the brain.
- Alzheimer’s disease: Deep brain stimulation can be effective in reducing the inflammation in the brain to help treat Alzheimer’s disease.
- Other psychiatric conditions: Anxiety, eating disorders, and schizophrenia have also benefited from DBS treatment.
What Happens Before Deep Brain Stimulation?
What Happens During Deep Brain Stimulation?
What Are the Advantages of Deep Brain Stimulation?
- DBS can offer a treatment option when medications are not working or helpful
- It can be a life-changing, or lifesaving, treatment
- It is adjustable to you and your needs
- It’s reversible and can be taken out at any time.
What Are the Risks of DBS?
As with any form of treatment or surgery, there may also be risks involved. The risks of treatment may include:
- Reactions to anesthesia
- Bleeding in the brain
- Difficulty concentrating
- Leaking of cerebrospinal fluid; clear fluid found around the brain and spinal cord
- Pain or swelling at the surgery site
- Movement of the electrode from the original location
- Allergic reaction to parts of the implanted device
Let your healthcare provider know immediately if you experience side effects or concerns. It is important to note that electronic devices are not likely to interfere with the DBS device.
What Is the Success Rate of Deep Brain Stimulation?
Does Insurance Cover DBS?
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