Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)
Patients with severe tremors from Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor or multiple sclerosis (MS) are able to regain some movement control through deep brain stimulation, or DBS, a minimally invasive neurosurgical treatment.
At the Neurosciences Institute, our neurosurgeons are specially trained in DBS. They work closely with patients, from diagnosis and treatment to recovery and continued monitoring, to ensure the greatest DBS effectiveness.
Key aspects of DBS:
- Uses tiny incisions
- Small wire placed into the brain area that controls movement
- Wire connects to stimulator, much like a heart pacemaker, under the skin
- Stimulator is adjusted by magnet to achieve control
- Minimally invasive, so patients have shorter recoveries and less scarring
- Technology may be removed without damaging the brain
Our neurosurgeons are skilled at evaluating which patients could benefit from DBS. Many patients with tremors find relief through medication. When tremor becomes very severe, such as when patients cannot hold a cup of liquid without spilling the contents, and medication does not help, then DBS may be appropriate.
Watch a video and read about how deep brain stimulation (DBS) at the Neurosciences Institute helped a patient with Parkinson’s disease.
For an appointment with a Neurosciences Institute specialist, call our Physician Referral Service, 215-481-MEDI (6334).