Deep brain stimulation for chronic pain

DBS to manage chronic pain

HCA UK offers deep brain stimulation for chronic pain where medication is no longer effective


Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a surgical treatment option that aims to reduce chronic (intractable) pain.

This is an option when the pain cannot be controlled with medication.

Need to know

  • What happens icon plus

    This procedure is carried out under local anaesthetic. The neurosurgeon will start by implanting small electrodes in the brain. The precise position of the electrodes will vary depending on the symptoms and which areas of the brain need targeting.

    You will remain awake during the surgery so that the team can monitor your brain function as they place the electrodes. The electrodes will then be connected to a tiny pulse generator which is implanted in the chest or abdomen area. The pulse generator delivers electrical stimulation to the target area of the brain. This alters some of the neural pathways which cause epileptic seizures.
  • How to prepare icon plus

    Your consultant will explain the procedure 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.
  • After your procedure icon plus

    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 may work better for some people than others. You may still need to take pain medication to lessen your symptoms. Your consultant will monitor your progress over the following months.

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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.
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