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A 32-year-old member asked:

How does deep brain stimulation implant work?

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Dr. Vance Harris
Family Medicine 38 years experience
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 regions has provided remarkable benefits for otherwise treatment-resistant movement and affective disorders such as chronic pain, Parkinson's disease, tremor and depression.
Dr. Jerome Lisk
Neurology 24 years experience
HOW DBS WORKS!: DBS works by implanting an electrode in a nucleus of brain.The target varies depending on what is being treated.The electrode has contacts on it that can be programmed by changing the voltage, pulse width and frequency which can be programed 2 weeks to a month after surgery by a neurologist.The electrical signal either inhibits or stimulates the nucleus changing the firing pattern of Neurons.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

What is deep brain stimulation for?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 53 years experience
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/off episodes and worsening quality of life, dbs is an option.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Are there risks with deep brain stimulation?

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Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 31 years experience
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 side effects include: bleeding in the brain or stroke, infection, disorientation or confusion, unwanted mood changes, movement disorders, lightheadedness, and trouble sleeping. It's experimental so other as yet unidentified side effects may occur.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What is the deep brain stimulation system?

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Dr. Omar Zalatimo
Neurosurgery 15 years experience
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 Disease, Essential Tremor, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Dystonia.
Last updated May 18, 2017


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