Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a surgical treatment in which an electrode is implanted in an area of the brain and connected to a pulse generator, which is similar to a heart pacemaker and implanted just below the collarbone. The pulse generator is individually programmed to send an electrical current to the electrode to control symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, dystonia, and epilepsy.
Through recent advancements in intraoperative imaging and computer-guided neurosurgery, people now have the option of being asleep for the entire operation.
- Parkinson’s disease
- Essential tremor
You may be a good candidate for deep brain stimulation if you have epilepsy or a movement disorder with moderate to severe symptoms that do not respond to medications, and if you are otherwise healthy.
What can asleep DBS improve?
- Dystonic movement
- Motor fluctuations
Patients may also see a reduction in medication usage after asleep DBS surgery.
Information and Resources
- Date of last review: January 9, 2019
- Author: Francisco Ponce, MD