Deep brain stimulation to control Parkinson's Disease

NEUROSTIMULATION

HCA UK offers deep brain stimulation (DBS) implants to help control problems with movement

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Deep brain stimulation (DBS) can reduce problems with movement, caused by Parkinson's Disease. DBS is different to conventional surgery as the brain tissue isn’t being destroyed or removed. Instead, the the function is changed and is reversible. DBS is conducted through a medical device called a neurostimulator, which sends electrical impulses to specific targets in the brain to reduce symptoms of Parkinson's Disease. 

The neurostimulator is a pacemaker-style device, surgically implanted in the body.

Need to know

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    Your neurosurgeon will implant small electrodes in your 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 will then deliver electrical stimulation to the target area of the brain. This alters some of the neural pathways which causes symptoms of Parkinson's Disease.

     

     

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    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.
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    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 will lessen your symptoms, but you will still need to take your medication to help control symptoms caused by your condition. Your consultant will monitor your progress over the following months.

Deep brain stimulation for Parkinsons

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