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    DBS Program

    DBS Experts in Phoenix, Arizona

    Am I a candidate for DBS?

    Regardless of your diagnosis, you should meet the following criteria to be considered an ideal candidate for DBS:

    • Your symptoms are not controlled adequately by medicaitons
    • You are cognitively normal. Patients with dementia or significant memory disturbance that is not a medication side effect are not good candidates. In fact, surgery can permanently worsen cognition in these patients. Neuropsychological testing may be needed to determine whether patients are good candidates.
    • You are otherwise healthy, that is, who do not have serious cardiac, pulmonary, or other chronic illness.
    • You have satisfactory brain imaging. Severe atrophy or vascular disease on the brain MRI predicts poor tolerance of the surgery.
    • You have realistic expectations. The surgery requires frequent monitoring and doctor visits (at least initially). Patients should not expect a miracle cure.

    Parkinson’s Disease

    You May Be a Good Candidate if:

    1. Your diagnosis of idiopathic Parkinson’s disease is certain. Some Parkinson’s disease variants are not responsive to deep brain stimulation.
    2. You respond well to carbidopa/levodopa (Sinemet). That is, a 25-30% improvement in funtion with carbidopa/levodopa (Sinemet) when comparing “on” and “off” responses. The best candidates are patients who fluctuate between “on” and “off” periods throughout the day. Typically, the surgery improves the amount of “on” time rather than improving “on” time functionality.
    3. Your symptoms are not controlled adequately by medications

    Essential Tremor

    You May Be a Good Candidate if:

    1. You have a certain diagnosis of essential tremor.
    2. You have been treated with several medications without much benefit, or you have medication side effects.
    3. Your quality of life has been affected by tremor
    4. You are unable to perform many activities of daily living

    Dystonia

    You May Be a Good Candidate if:

    1. You have a certain diagnosis of primay dystonia.
    2. You have been treated with several medications without much benefit, or you have medication side effects.
    3. Your quality of life has been affected by the symptoms of dystonia.
    4. You are unable to perform many activities of daily living

    Request an Appointment with a DBS Specialist

    Call 1-844-299-1202