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  • 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.

    What is Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) used for?

    • Parkinson’s disease
    • Dystonia
    • Essential tremor
    • Epilepsy

    Am I a good candidate for Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)?

    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.

    Visit the Barrow DBS program to learn more.

    What can asleep DBS improve?

    • Dyskinesias
    • Dystonic movement
    • Motor fluctuations
    • Rigidity
    • Slowness
    • Seizures
    • Tremor

    Patients may also see a reduction in medication usage after asleep DBS surgery.

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    Request an Appointment with a DBS Specialist

    Call (602) 406-3865

    About Barrow Neurological Institute
    Since our doors opened as a regional specialty center in 1962, we have grown into one of the premier destinations in the world for neurology and neurosurgery. Our experienced, highly skilled, and comprehensive team of neurological specialists can provide you with a complete spectrum of care–from diagnosis through outpatient neurorehabilitation–under one roof. Barrow Neurological Institute: Discover. Educate. Heal.