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A 37-year-old member asked:

Gait freezingafter deep brain stimulation surgery for parkinson's disease any suggestions?

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Dr. Robert Hutchman
Neurology 25 years experience
Maximize CDS!!: First, make sure your dbs programming is being done well by an experienced programmer. Get a second opinion if needed! then, make sure your regimen includes meds to maximize cds (continuous Dopamine stimulation), and thus maximally improve freezing. I call them grade "a" meds: a for Azilect & agonists (neupro (rotigotine) patch, Requip xl & Mirapex er). They last longer than sinemet or Comtan = less freezing!
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Dr. Adam Hebb
Neurosurgery 22 years experience
Complex Issue: Gait is a very complex neurological function that relies on many systems functioning together. I would recommend that you see a specialist in dbs programming to help you maximize function.
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A 32-year-old member asked:

How effective is deep brain stimulation surgery for Parkinson's disease?

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Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 40 years experience
Parkinson's disease: Deep brain stimulation surgery has become an excellent adjunct treatment of Parkinson's disease but it is reserved for patients that have failed medical treatment and are continuing to worsen with their symptoms.
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A 51-year-old member asked:

How does deep brain stimulation (dbs) treat Parkinson's disease?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 53 years experience
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 management of fluctuations and varying symptoms. One item of interest is absence of benefit if unresponsive to L-DOPA, so, obviously, this is one potential explanation, but not all to it.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me about deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's disease?

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Dr. Eliezer Schwartz
Clinical Psychology 44 years experience
Hours of relief!: Dbs is relatively a new intervention: surgically implanted electrical stimulator to a specific area in the brain, this procedure can bring hours of relief from symptoms of parkinson's. Its not a replacement for medications. This procedure is usually recommended when the patient's responsivity to drug treatment begins to decrease.
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Dr. Andrew McGarry
Specializes in Neurology
Tends to improve on time, reduce off time, allow for lowering of medications and attendant side effects (dyskinesias, somnolence, hypotension, etc). When carefully screened for proper candidacy, can be very helpful.
Apr 21, 2014
A 44-year-old member asked:

Is deep brain stimulation any help for Parkinson's disease?

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Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 years experience
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 surgery has risks and benefits.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

Is deep brain stimulation suggested for Parkinson's disease?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
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 patients. The location of the stimulation is what the neurosurgeon will determine to achieve the best benefit. Look for a specialist in functional neurosurgery.
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Dr. Zachary Levine
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
You work with your neurosurgeon and neurologist to achieve the best results. This is a cooperative effort. Choose specialists with experience and a team that communicates well
May 28, 2014

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