If you have Parkinson’s disease, you may have heard about Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS). For people who are good candidates for this procedure, DBS has been demonstrated to be a very effective treatment for managing Parkinson’s symptoms.
DBS involves the surgical implantation of a device similar to a heart pacemaker neurostimulator. Electrical impulses (referred to as stimulation) can have a positive effect on tremor, stiffness, slowness, dyskinesia, medication wearing off and some types of walking problems.
In this video, Dr. Melissa Houser, clinical director of the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Center at Scripps Clinic in San Diego, leads a discussion about DBS. Topics covered include how it works, who is a candidate, expected outcomes, and personal commentary from three DBS-implanted patients, including Davis Phinney.
You can learn much more about DBS in the Every Victory Counts® manual for living well with Parkinson’s disease. The manual includes in-depth information about the procedure, personal perspectives from people who have had DBS, tips for understanding when to consider DBS as a treatment option, and a self-assessment worksheet to discuss with your doctor and to help you and your family weigh the pros and cons of the surgery.