Deep brain stimulation for essential tremor

DBS FOR INVOLUNTARY SHAKING


HCA UK offers deep brain stimulation to help control symptoms of essential tremor, such as involuntary shaking

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About DBS

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) can help people experiencing essential tremor — a type of uncontrollable shaking or trembling of part of the body.

DBS works by sending mild electrical currents to the thalamus, blocking impulses that control tremors. While it's not a cure, DBS may help control movement issues associated with the condition.

It's a treatment option when medication fails to work.

Need to know

Deep brain stimulation for essential tremor is carried out under local anaesthetic. The neurosurgeon will begin the procedure by implanting small electrodes in the brain. The precise position of the electrodes will vary depending on your symptoms and which areas of the brain need to be targeted.

You will remain awake during the surgery so that the team can monitor your brain function as they place the electrodes. The electrodes are then connected to a tiny pulse generator which is implanted in the chest or abdomen area.

Your consultant will explain DBS for essential tremor to you and answer any questions you may have. Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you.

When you have recovered from your surgery, the neurostimulator will be activated by your consultant. They will show you how to use the device and tell you when you may need to switch it off.

DBS can reduce tremors in 50% - 80% of people, but you may still need to take your medication. Your consultant will monitor your progress over the following months.

Deep brain stimulation for essential tremor Consultants

Mr Jonathan Hyam

Mr Jonathan Hyam

Neurosurgery

Mr Harith Akram

Mr Harith Akram

Neurosurgery

Dr Mark Kellett

Dr Mark Kellett

Neurology

Our Deep brain stimulation for essential tremor locations

The Harley Street Clinic

The Harley Street Clinic

35 Weymouth Street W1G 8BJ London
The Lister Hospital

The Lister Hospital

Chelsea Bridge Road, SW1W 8RH London
The Wellington Hospital

The Wellington Hospital

8A Wellington Place NW8 9LE London

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.