What Is Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)?

DBS or Deep Brain Stimulation is the use of high frequency stimulation at specific sites in the brain to over ride the abnormal brain activity causing abnormal movements of the body. Some people refer to this technique as a "Brain Pacemaker". This technique helps to control conditions such as Essential Tremor, Parkinson's Disease, Dystonia, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Seizure Disorders, Obesity, as well as other conditions. Unlike ablative (radiofrequency lesioning, ultrasound lesioning) procedures, Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is a non-destructive procedure. Optimizing the effects continue after surgery and is non-invasive. Each side of the person is independently optimized. We will use examples with patients who have Essential Tremor or Parkinson's Disease to help you understand the surgical process.

This is an information site, not a recommendation site. Medical information, surgical equipment and techniques are evolving and changing. Be sure to check with your health care provider to review their preferences and the latest information before making any final decisions regarding your health care.

Web Site Purpose

The goal of this web site is for neurosurgical patients to receive better care from all involved through understanding of medical information. To receive optimal care, health care providers as well as family members and friends must all take an active role in the care of the patient. Given the limited time alotted for patient contact and the variable educational levels of different health care providers, better understanding of the neurosurgical problem and treatment options by all involved can result in better outcomes. This is an information site, not a recommendation site.

Suggestions On How to Use This Web Site

The information presented here answers the most common questions presented to a neurosurgical practice of over 30 years. The wide range of practical information provided here has been repeatedly used with patients and hospital staff resulting in better understanding of the disease and treatment options by all. Informed consent for surgical procedures is better for all if everyone understands the disease process and treatment options. Take a quick look at the links under Essential Tremor and under Parkinson's Disease. These major symptoms are illustrated by animations in a very brief matter so that patients and families may quickly grasp what specifically needs to be treated. Understanding these illnesses will help us all to do our best for the patient.