Deep Brain Stimulation
If you or a loved one lives with the effects of Parkinson’s disease or essential tremor, you may be eligible for a life-transforming procedure at the Avera Brain & Spine Institute – deep brain stimulation. This safe and effective surgical procedure will equip you to manage some of the most disabling motor symptoms such as tremors, stiffness, difficulty walking and slowed movement.
Advanced Technology for Relief
While deep brain stimulation (DBS) does not offer a cure, it can ease symptoms, decrease the amount of medications you need to treat the symptoms and improve your quality of life.
During DBS surgery, your expert neurosurgeon precisely implants a neurostimulator in your brain to deliver carefully controlled electrical stimulation to precisely targeted areas in your brain. It works by blocking the faulty signals that cause tremors and other movement symptoms while preserving brain tissue and function. After surgery, your neurologist trained in DBS can program and adjust it non-invasively to maximize symptom control and minimize side effects based on your needs.
Benefit from Avera’s team of dedicated and experienced neurosurgeons, neurologists and specially trained neuroscience nursing staff. When you choose deep brain stimulation at Avera, you’ll also receive comprehensive care from our multidisciplinary team of experts, including:
- Certified nurse practitioner
- Financial coordinator
- Physical therapist
- Social worker
To ensure success, your care team will thoroughly discuss all of the risks and benefits, surgical procedures, follow-up requirements and self-care responsibilities with you.
Do I Qualify for DBS?
If medications for your neurological condition have become less effective or if they interfere with daily activities, deep brain stimulation may be a great option for you. One of the most critical factors of success is determining whether or not you are a suitable candidate for this stereotactic neurosurgery.
Candidates with Parkinson’s disease should:
- Experience symptoms of advanced levodopa responsive Parkinson’s disease not adequately controlled by medications
- Not have any underlying symptoms of dementia
Candidates with essential tremor should live with a disabling tremor of the upper extremity due to essential tremor or Parkinson’s disease that:
- Constitutes a significant functional disability
- Is hard to manage with pharmacological therapies
Call the Avera Brain & Spine Institute at 605-322-7270 or talk with your provider to find out if you are a good candidate for DBS.