Deep Brain Stimulation
Our neurosurgeons were pioneers in the use of deep brain stimulation (DBS) for the treatment of Parkinson's disease and essential tremor. With more than 1,000 DBS surgeries in the last 5 years alone, we are one of the top implanters of DBS in the nation with clinical care teams the specialize in this treatment.
If you choose DBS, you will receive comprehensive care from a team of specialists, beginning with diagnosis through surgery and follow-up care. Our interdisciplinary approach is unique to this region.
How DBS works
DBS provides electrical stimulation to a specific part of the brain to relieve symptoms of Parkinson's disease and essential tremor.
This is accomplished through electronic neurostimulators, connected to electrodes implanted in the brain, which block or alter brain signals that cause the disabling symptoms. After the initial surgery, our team of specialists works with you to program the neurostimulators and provide optimal symptom control.
While it is not a cure, DBS can improve quality of life significantly, allowing you to perform daily activities such as dressing, eating and walking without assistance. Some people may be able to continue working and reduce their medications.
DBS is reversible and does not destroy brain tissue. The electrodes and neurostimulators can be removed at any time.
Infinity™ DBS system
The shaking and involuntary movements of Parkinson's disease and essential tremor can make everyday activities nearly impossible. We are one of only a few hospitals in the nation offering an iOS-compatible technology that can help.
Conditions DBS can help
A master movement disorders neurosurgeon and a world-renowned neurologist lead our interdisciplinary team. They provide the highest quality care to patients with movement disorders, such as Parkinson's disease and essential tremor. Our interdisciplinary DBS team has exceptional experience and expertise.