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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Parkinson's disease: When the patient becomes severely afflicted and the disease has been present for more than 5-7 yrs and the medication is now rather suboptimal with on ... Read More

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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Efremov
42 years experience Internal Medicine
Neurologic treatment: It is being used for Parkinson's disease..New active research field.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Omar Zalatimo
13 years experience Neurosurgery
Deep Brain Stim: Deep Brain Stimulation is a system that is composed of electrodes implanted in the brain to help modulate disease. It has applications for Parkinson's ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
29 years experience Clinical Psychology
Possibly: Dbs holds promise as a treatment for parkinson's disease, depression, and ocd. It is still listed as an experimental treatment by the nimh. Possible s ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
29 years experience Clinical Psychology
Possibly: Dbs holds promise as a treatment for parkinson's disease, depression, and ocd. It is still listed as an experimental treatment by the nimh. Possible s ... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Zafar Khan
57 years experience Urology
Yes: It is interesting that it is called " stimulation", in fact it inhibits the neuron depending upon the degree of stimulation applied. For example the i ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Hutchman
23 years experience Neurology
No, but very helpful: Deep brain stimulation therapy of the stn (sub-thalamic nucleus) or gpi (globus pallidus interna) can greatly improve "on" time (good function with mi ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
29 years experience Clinical Psychology
Surgically: Dbs requires brain surgery. Patients are awake during the procedure to provide feedback to the surgeon, but they feel no pain because the head is unde ... Read More
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A 61-year-old member asked:
Dr. Roger Frankel
28 years experience Neurosurgery
No: There is no connection between the two.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vance Harris
36 years experience Family Medicine
Pacemaker for Brain: In many ways a deep brain stimulator access a pacemaker for the brain. It sends electrical impulses to specific parts of the brain. In select brain re ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
We don't fully know: But the wires are placed into deep basal ganglia nuclei and the electrical impulses stimulate the electrochemical discharges and basically help manage ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nader Pouratian
17 years experience Neurosurgery
Yes: It is a non-fda approved indication. It is effective in approximately 50% of patients.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Electrical stim.: This involves an exacting neurosurgical procedure and wire placement is critical, but the device can control tremors, imbalance, and on-off deteriorat ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience Psychiatry
Treatment resistant: Deep brain stimulation can be used for severe ocd, but only after all other treatments are exhausted. It is an invasive treatment, but can be of use. ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
26 years experience Neurosurgery
Yes: It is more successful than creating lesions within the brain. It is especially good in younger onset patients- yet can be placed in middle age patien ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
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22 years experience Critical Care
Electrodes in brain: Deep brain stimulation is a procedure used for advanced parkinson's, essential tremor and dystonia. It involves guiding thin electrodes to deep struct ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
23 years experience Geriatric Psychiatry
Yes: The motor symptoms are often helped. Consider a consultation with an expert clinic specializing in this area. Not everyone is a candidate and all surg ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nader Pouratian
17 years experience Neurosurgery
Yes: Over time, the generator can become depleted and require replacement. Also, the disease which is being treated can progress and become less responsive ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nader Pouratian
17 years experience Neurosurgery
~50% response rate: This is a non-fda approved indication for dbs. However, patients who fail medical therapies, including botox, can be considered. Approximately 50% of ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Parkinson's: Dbs implantation is a neurosurgical procedure where electrodes are placed deep in the brain, and impulses are programmed to improve parkinson disease ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
29 years experience Clinical Psychology
"Stop" = remission: Brian stimulation therapies (bst's) rely on electricity, magnets, or implants applied to the brain to treat depressive disorders and other mental diso ... Read More

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