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

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

  • What happens during treatment? icon plus

    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.
  • How to prepare icon plus

    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.
  • After treatment 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 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.

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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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