DBS Therapy Options

Gain Your Independence With Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Therapy

When you live with Parkinson’s disease or essential tremor, you can appreciate what it means to have—and to lose—control of even simple movements.

Since the mid-1990s, DBS therapy has helped over 120,000 people worldwide.1


When other treatments and therapies have not given you adequate relief, deep brain stimulation (DBS) therapy may be an option to help you regain control by reducing your Parkinson’s or essential tremor symptoms.

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What is DBS therapy?

DBS therapy works by blocking electrical signals from targeted areas in the brain that cause involuntary movements, so it can be an effective therapy option for Parkinson’s disease (PD) or essential tremor (ET). When people with PD or ET find that their therapies or medications are no longer controlling their symptoms, DBS therapy can be an effective adjunct solution.

It involves a system like the St. Jude Medical Infinity™ DBS system, which includes an implanted device that looks and works much like a pacemaker. Instead of providing mild pulses of electrical current to your heart, however, it delivers mild electrical pulses to targeted areas of the brain through thin wires called leads. This pulse interrupts the signals that cause your symptoms. The stimulation is thought to help restore normal brain communication or “signaling.”2

Read more about how DBS therapy works.

DBS therapy is:

  • Personalized: Your therapy can be planned to deliver the best outcomes based on your disease and symptoms.
  • Adjustable: Your doctor will adjust your therapy as he or she sees fit to meet your needs.
  • Reversible: Your implanted device can be turned off and removed.

Explore if DBS therapy is right for you:

Learn more about the risk, safety and use of DBS therapy.

REFERENCES


1. Fukaya, C., & Yamamoto, T. (2015). Deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s disease: Recent trends and future direction. Neurologia Medico-Chirurgica (Tokyo), 55(5), 422-431. http://dx.doi.org/10.2176/nmc.ra.2014-0446
2. Yu, H., & Neimat, J. (2008). The treatment of movement disorders by deep brain stimulation. Neurotherapeutics, 5, 26-36. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nurt.2007.10.072