Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) has the potential to increase your quality of life in a significant way; however, it’s not the right treatment for everyone.
We recently hosted a webinar all about DBS, a follow up to our first one, when Dr. Helen Brontë-Stewart answered the questions we get most frequently about DBS.
To get access to the recording of the webinar, click here.Here’s the link to Dr. Brontë-Stewart’s Slides.
“I must congratulate the Davis Phinney Foundation for the outstanding presentations regarding Deep Brain Stimulation procedures. The choice of speakers, the vast knowledge discussed in the webinars and the clarity in which the material is presented is simply outstanding. You have provided an priceless service that would take years for a patient to gather on their own, particularly, shared by top physicians in the field of movement disorders. Finally, a well-deserved thank you, for all that DPF does for the Parkinson’s Disease community.”
– Dr. Gerardo Goldberger
In addition, here are several resources on DBS in case you’d like to learn more.
DBS: The BasicsThe What, Why, How & More of DBS for the Newly Diagnosed Life Before & After Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) When DBS Powers Down: A Personal Account of What Happens When the Device Stops Working Life Before and After Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) with Brendan Cain
OFF: The BasicsLiving with Parkinson’s: What is OFF? How to Communicate What it Means to Be OFF
DBS DevicesAbbott’s St. Jude Medical Infinity™ DBS System Boston Scientific’s Vercise™ DBS System Medtronic
Additional ReadingDeep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson’s – An Update by Invigorate PT Does Medicare cover deep brain stimulation? It is not always an easy process to get DBS covered. Mostly because very few things about insurance are easy or simple. And every state, insurance provider and system deals with the approval process differently. We wish we could provide you the sure path so that you could bypass any of the red tape; however, the best advice we can offer is to begin working with your insurance providers earlier than you think you may need or want DBS. This way, you can avoid as many delays and surprises as possible. We know many people living with Parkinson’s who had no problem getting their DBS procedure covered and many others who encountered difficulties. We hope your experience is seamless, and when it’s time, we’d love to hear about it. Recharge or Non-recharge Battery for DBS? On the face of it, many people wonder why they would ever opt for a battery that doesn’t recharge (a fixed battery). But again, choosing one over the other is not as simple as it seems. There are advantages and disadvantages to both. Take your time, do your research and work closely with your doctor to determine the best solution for you. In this article, one woman shares how she made her decision.
We’d like to thank Medtronic for sponsoring* this webinar with Dr. Helen Brontë-Stewart.
*While the generous support of our sponsors makes our educational programs possible, their donations do not influence Davis Phinney Foundation content, perspective or speaker selection.
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