Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson’s

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a treatment for movement symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, including shaking, stiffness, and difficulty moving. If your Parkinson’s medications are not working as well as they used to, see our specialists to find out if this proven and safe treatment may be right for you.

How DBS Works

A small, pacemaker-like device sends electronic signals to an area in the brain that controls movement. Our specially trained neurosurgeon, Murali Bogavalli, MD, places the device under the skin in the chest, and very thin wires connect the device to your brain.

The settings will be adjusted to optimize the therapy for you. Getting the initial settings right may take several sessions. Over time, the settings can be adjusted to meet your changing needs. The device requires no daily maintenance or special care.

You will have a patient controller that can turn the system on and off, adjust stimulation, and check the battery.

How DBS Helps

Deep brain stimulation with medications:

  • Provides 5 additional hours of good movement control each day compared to medication alone.
  • Improves quality of life more than medications alone.
  • Makes it easier to do routine daily activities like take a bath, get dressed, write clearly, and drink from a glass.
  • Significantly reduces medication use, which may mean fewer medication-related side effects such as dizziness and uncontrolled movements.

Is DBS Safe?

  • DBS is an FDA-approved therapy for symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. It is not an experimental treatment.
  • DBS keeps your treatment options open. The system can be turned off and may be removed. (Michael J. Fox had a different kind of brain surgery that was not reversible.)
  • DBS has been helping people for over 25 years.

DBS Therapy is not for everyone, so it's important to talk with our DBS specialists about the benefits and the risks for you personally.

What Is the Right Time for DBS?

Parkinson’s is a progressive disease. The symptoms get worse over time. During the course of the disease, there is a period when deep brain stimulation can do the most good to help control your symptoms. If you wait too long, DBS will not be an option for you.

Your Next Step: Call for an Appointment

See a specialist at our center to find out if DBS may be right for you. During the consultation, you can:

  • Find out if you are a candidate.
  • Get expert answers to your questions about DBS.
  • Learn what the procedure is like.
  • Talk about the benefits and risks.

You may call our center directly at 337-480- or a7903 or ask your doctor for a referral.