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Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a surgical technique to implant a device that transmits or sends electrical signals to brain areas responsible for body movement. Electrodes are implanted deep in the brain depending upon the symptoms being treated and are connected to a stimulator device. The electrodes are implanted on both the left and right sides of the brain through small holes made at the top of the skull.
The electrodes are linked together by lengthy wires which travel beneath the skin and below the neck to a battery powered stimulator beneath the skin of the chest. After turning on, the stimulator transmits or sends electrical pulses to block the faulty nerve signals which are causing tremors, rigidity, and other symptoms. Similar to a heart pacemaker, a neuro-stimulator uses electric pulses to control brain activity.
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) can help lower the symptoms of tremor, slowness, stiffness, and walking issues caused by Parkinson's disease, dystonia, or essential tremor. Successful Deep brain stimulation permits people to potentially lower their medications and improve their quality of life.
The patient uses a handheld controller to turn the Deep brain stimulation (DBS) system on and off. The primary care physician programs the stimulator settings with a wireless device. The stimulation settings could be adjusted as a patient's condition changes over time. Unlike other surgeries, like pallidotomy or thalamotomy, Deep brain stimulation (DBS) doesn’t damage the brain tissue. Therefore, if better treatments develop in the future, the Deep brain stimulation (DBS) procedure could be reversed.
A Deep brain stimulation (DBS) system has 3 parts that are implanted inside the body:
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) could help treat many of the symptoms caused by the following movement disorders:
Dr. David Masel is well versed in minimally invasive surgery techniques to treat neurological disorders affecting the brain. If you or anyone you know is suffering from brain injuries or brain disorders like :-
Please book an appointment with Dr. Masel, call +1(469) 833-2927 to schedule a consultation.