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Dr. Robert Hutchman
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Deep Brain Stimulation (Overview)

Deep brain stimulators are used in the treatment of parkinson's and tremors. A person is scanned with a MRI or ct frame on their head. A burrhole is then made and a stimulator wire is passed into a precise deep brain target. This is connected to a stimulator which placed under the skin. They are very expensive but do work very well.


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What is deep brain stimulation for?

What is deep brain stimulation for?

DBS Used For?: Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is used to treat idiopathic Parkinson Disease, Cervical Dystonia, Essential Tremor, Generalized Dystonia (DYT1) and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. It is also being researched for the treatment of Epilepsy and Depression. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Hutchman
90 doctors shared insights

Deep Brain Stimulation (Overview)

Deep brain stimulators are used in the treatment of parkinson's and tremors. A person is scanned with a MRI or ct frame on their head. A burrhole is then made and a stimulator wire is passed into a precise deep brain target. This is connected to a stimulator which placed under the skin. They are very expensive but do work very well.


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Are there risks with deep brain stimulation?

Are there risks with deep brain stimulation?

DBS: With any surgery there are risks. Infection, bleeding, stroke among them. There are also risks with anesthesia and i would inquire from both your surgeon and anesthesiologist. ...Read more

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Treating Deep Vein Thrombosis (Checklist)

Stay as active as you can
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Follow your doctor's anticoagulation recommendations
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Elevate your leg, if possible
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Ask your doctor if you have a genetic predisposition
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What is the current usage of deep brain stimulation?

What is the current usage of deep brain stimulation?

Parkinson's disese: In certain cases of pd when the medications previously helpful are no longer beneficial and are in fact causing major side effects (such as chorea like movements) putting a deep brain stimulator may help. ...Read more

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How do I know if I am a candidate for deep brain stimulation?

How do I know if I am a candidate for deep brain stimulation?

Patient Selection: 1st see a Neurologist with a fellowship in Movement disorders to verify the diagnosis & make sure you do not have a look alike as well as a good candidate. There are self-proclaimed Movement Disorder Specialists. You will then be sent for a Neuropsychology Evaluation. The Movement Disorder Specialist will make the final decision & send you to a Neurosurgeon to be implanted. ...Read more

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Living with a Brain Tumor (Checklist)

Eat a balanced diet
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Tell doctor about neurological changes
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Get EEG if you have lapses
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Follow doctor's advice
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Does deep brain stimulation become less effective over time?

Yes: Most dbs patient do loose some effect after 10-15 years. Nevertheless, the benefit of dbs for parkinson's is long lasting to 12 years for 80-85% of people. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: deep brain stimulation?

What is the definition or description of: deep brain stimulation?

DBS: Deep brain stimulators are used in the treatment of parkinson's and tremors. A person is scanned with a MRI or ct frame on their head. A burrhole is then made and a stimulator wire is passed into a precise deep brain target. This is connected to a stimulator which placed under the skin. They are very expensive but do work very well. ...Read more

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Has anyone out there performed deep brain stimulation procedure?

Parkinson's: Dbs implantation is a neurosurgical procedure where electrodes are placed deep in the brain, and impulses are programmed to improve parkinson disease symptoms. Many pts improve dramatically, but currently used mostly for advanced pts, not responding well to their medicines. For further info, contact the parkinsons associations, michael fox clinic, or neurology departments at major medical school. ...Read more

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How should I go about applying for deep brain stimulation?

How should I go about applying for deep brain stimulation?

Talk to neurosurgeon: This procedure is usually done by a neurosurgeon with a neurologist helping. Look in your local area to see if any of these providers offer this service. ...Read more

Cerebrum (Definition)

Cerebrum essentially refers to the majority of the brain. Embryologically, it develops from the telencephalon, and together with the diencephalon, ...Read more