Learn how Deep Brain Stimulation can be an effective Parkinson’s Disease Treatment
Parkinson’s Disease, an achronic motor system disorder, can be a debilitating disease. It can lead to tremors, stiffness in the muscles, slow movement, difficulty walking or balancing. While medication can sometimes be an effective Parkinson’s Disease Treatment, at times, it is not enough. That is why the Neurosurgeons at Texas Neurosurgery in Dallas, TX offer Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), to their patients. This surgical procedure is a more dramatic Parkinson’s Disease Treatment. If you are interested in this treatment, contact our office in Dallas, TX.
What is Deep Brain Stimulation?
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a surgical procedure that serves as a Parkinson’s disease treatment. This procedure is for patients who do not respond to medication. Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) deactivates the parts of the brain that trigger the disease without destroying nearby brain tissue.
The Deep Brain Simulation Procedure in Dallas, TX
During the DBS procedure, your surgeon will implant a small device called a neurostimulator under the skin of the chest. This battery-operated device is similar to a pacemaker for the heart. It is designed to prevent tremors and other symptoms of Parkinson’s disease through electrical stimulation to the areas of the brain that control movement. Your surgeon will connect the device to electrodes that are placed in the brain to directly deliver the electrical signals.
Before the procedure, your doctor will use MRI or CT Scanning to determine where they will place the electrodes. For most patients, the electrodes will be put on the thalamus, subthalamic nucleus and globus pallidus.
After Your Surgery
After the Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) procedure, most patients experience significant symptom relief. However, you may still need to take medication to treat the disease, although typically at a reduced dosage. Dosage reduction also helps limit the occurrence of side effects and can lead to an overall higher quality of life for patients with Parkinson’s disease.