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Deep Brain Stimulation

Thank you for considering our practice for your upcoming procedure. We understand that surgery can be overwhelming, but we are committed to providing you with the information and care you need to feel confident and prepared for your procedure. Here is what you can expect before, during, and after your surgery.

About the Procedure

What is Deep Brain Stimulation?

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a surgical procedure that involves the implantation of a device to stimulate specific areas of the brain. DBS is used to treat a variety of neurological conditions, including Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, and dystonia.

Before the procedure:

Before the surgery, you will meet with your neurosurgeon and a neurologist to discuss the procedure and undergo a series of tests, including imaging and psychological evaluations. The team will determine whether you are a good candidate for the procedure based on your medical history, the severity of your symptoms, and your overall health. You will also be given instructions on how to prepare for the surgery, which may include stopping certain medications or fasting.

During the procedure:

DBS is typically performed under general anesthesia. The surgeon will make small incisions in the scalp and use a stereotactic frame or navigation system to precisely locate the target area in the brain. They will then place electrodes into this area and connect them to a pulse generator, which is implanted under the skin near the collarbone. The generator sends electrical impulses to the electrodes, which stimulate the targeted area of the brain.

After the procedure:

After your surgery, you will be closely monitored in the recovery room until you are awake and stable enough to be moved to a hospital room. You may need to stay in the hospital for several days to a week or more, depending on the specifics of your surgery. Your surgeon will provide you with detailed instructions on how to care for your incision, manage any pain or discomfort, and gradually resume your normal activities. You will also receive instructions on how to use and adjust the settings of your neurostimulator. It may take several weeks or months for the full effects of the procedure to be realized.

We hope this information has been helpful in preparing you for your treatment. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our office. We are here to support you throughout your entire journey to recovery.

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