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Deep Brain Stimulation

Deep Brain Stimulation

Many Movement Disorder patients are unable to obtain sufficient relief through medications or physical measures. For these individuals, Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgery may be an option.  DBS is a neurosurgical procedure involving the implantation of a medical device called a neurostimulator, which sends electrical impulses, through implanted electrodes, to specific areas in the brain for the treatment of movement and neuropsychiatric disorders.

DBS in select areas of the brain has provided therapeutic benefits for individuals with treatments that have been colourful abstract brain illustrationconsidered untreatable such as:

  • Parkinson's disease
  • Essential tremor
  • Dystonia
  • Chronic pain
  • Major depression
  • Obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD).

While DBS is not considered a cure, this procedure may decrease the severity of the disease in which the individual is living with. Following the procedure, some patients can reduce medication doses thereby reducing the side effects.

The DBS procedure is performed in the following sequence:

  1. Following pre surgical imaging, the surgeon implants a small electrode into the targeted portion of the patient’s brain.
  2. In a separate procedure, days to weeks later, the neurostimulator is implanted under the skin and connected to the electrode
  3. After the neurostimulator is implanted, programming occurs to deliver an electrical signal. This typically takes place weeks following the implant of the neurostimulator.

Our network is supported by a strong DBS program and has grown since its inception in 2016. We began this program to further the treatment options that were available to our patients within the community with the goal of helping to create a better quality of life.

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