Parkinson Voice Project

Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery: Candidacy, Risks, and Management

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) can result in a dramatic reduction of Parkinson's symptoms and can improve quality of life in well-selected patients with Parkinson's disease. However, not all patients will be good candidates for this surgical procedure.

DBS involves planting electrodes within certain areas of the brain. These electrodes produce electrical impulses that can help regulate abnormal impulses.

Identifying patients who are likely to benefit from DBS is critically important toward successful surgical intervention and long-term management. This lecture reviews the characteristics of a good DBS candidate, the associated risks, and the intricacies involved in programming the device.

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