Deep Brain Stimulation
Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), a surgical therapy for Parkinson’s disease, is typically considered when a person who has had Parkinson’s for four years or more develops complications, such as dyskinesia(uncontrolled, involuntary movements) and/or significant “off” time (when medication isn’t working optimally and symptoms return). Like all currently available Parkinson’s therapies, DBS is a symptomatic treatment — it eases motor symptoms but does not change the underlying course of the disease.
DBS typically works best to lessen motor symptoms like stiffness, slowness and tremor. It doesn’t work as well for imbalance, freezing when walking or non-motor symptoms. DBS may even exacerbate thinking or memory problems so it’s not recommended for people with dementia.
A general rule is that DBS will likely improve Parkinson’s symptoms that respond to medication.
Neurosurgeon; Dr Raymond Cook, Neurologist; Dr Paul Silberstein and the Sydney DBS team recently completed their 500th Deep Brain Stimulation surgery at North Shore Private Hospital.
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