NY Neurology Associates
Neurologists & Pain Medicine located in Upper East Side, New York, NY & Upper West Side, New York, NY
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) has proven very effective in treating tremor disorders including Parkinson’s disease. New York Neurology Associates is a leader in innovative DBS procedures, using state-of-the-art approaches to treat patients on Long Island, NY, and in the Upper East Side, Upper West Side and Downtown neighborhoods of New York City.
Deep Brain Stimulation Q & A
What is deep brain stimulation?
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a therapeutic intervention that uses tiny, targeted electrical impulses to stimulate a specific area of the brain. The impulses are delivered through tiny wires implanted into the brain and controlled by a small controlled device that’s implanted in the abdomen or chest, just beneath the skin. The electrical impulses are discharged at regular intervals that can be adjusted based on the patient’s specific needs. As the electrical impulses are discharged, they stimulate the brain, altering its activity. DBS does not destroy brain tissue, and the procedure is completely reversible.
When is deep brain stimulation used?
Deep brain stimulation is primarily used in patients with Parkinson’s disease to help control severe and disruptive tremors that cannot be effectively controlled with medication alone. In most cases, DBS is preferred over brain surgery because unlike brain surgery, DBS does not destroy or remove any brain tissue, and the therapy can be stopped at any time. DBS is also used to treat patients with essential tremor, a condition that causes uncontrollable shaking or similar movements, and it can also be used to treat dyskinesia, abnormal voluntary movements that have been associated with the Parkinson’s drug levodopa. Less often, DBS may be used to help control severe tremors associated with multiple sclerosis.
What happens during the procedure?
During the procedure, a small hole is made in the skull and tiny wires are passed into the brain. The patient will be awake and comfortable during the procedure, able to guide the surgeon in optimal placement of the wires. Once the wires are in place, the generator or controller is implanted into the chest and connected to the wires in the brain. The implantation procedure can be performed in one surgery or it may be divided into two separate procedures, one to implant the wires into the brain and the second to implant the device in the chest. When performed in a single procedure, it usually takes from two to four hours to complete, but it may take longer. After the procedure, most patients remain in the hospital for one or two days to ensure the device is properly adjusted.
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