Living With DBS Therapy

A New Life

Receiving a deep brain stimulation (DBS) system like the St. Jude Medical Infinity™ DBS system for your Parkinson's disease or essential tremor symptoms is a big step toward living a more independent life. As you begin using your system, follow your doctor's instructions. Also remember that DBS is a process, and not an event. It does not work simply by turning on the system. Turning the system on is just the start.

Although individual results vary, you should gain more control over your symptoms during the several months after your implant procedure. As you increase your activity and ability and have a reduction of your symptoms, you may feel more confident interacting in your environment—giving you greater freedom to live the life you want.1

Daily living

Living with a DBS system may mean you have to be careful about which activities you do. Be sure to check with your doctor, who can give you advice about activities that are safe for you and which activities to avoid.

Learn more about daily living.

Programming your DBS System

Your doctor will turn on your DBS system and program its settings at a time that he or she determines is right for you. Your wireless iOS mobile programmer gives you the control to turn your therapy off and on, or to adjust settings—within limits set by your doctor.

Learn more about programming your DBS system.

Traveling with your device

You can travel safely and enjoyably with your DBS system when you take into account a few important factors.

Learn more about traveling with your device.

Electromagnetic interference

Electromagnetic interference (EMI) may disrupt your system’s function. Find out where EMI comes from, how to avoid it and whether you can receive an MRI scan with your implanted device.

Learn more about electromagnetic interference (EMI).

Device battery

DBS systems are powered by a battery. How long the battery lasts depends on your programs and settings.

Learn more about your device's battery.

Getting a replacement device

After several years, your doctor may recommend that you replace your DBS system. There are a number of reasons why you may need a replacement device.

Learn more about getting a replacement device.

1. St. Jude Medical. (2015). Interim Report C-06-04.