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What will happen after deep brain stimulation (DBS) for epilepsy?

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After your surgery, your doctor will turn on the DBS device with a small computer called a programming unit. It will adjust the speed and intensity of the electrical signals to control your seizures. You'll also get a programming unit to take home, so you can adjust your device and track any seizures you get.

DBS might not stop your seizures completely, but it should cut down how many you get. You'll need to see your doctor for regular follow-up visits and get the battery replaced every 3 to 4 years.

From: Deep Brain Stimulation for Epilepsy WebMD Medical Reference

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Epilepsia : "Electrical stimulation of the anterior nucleus of thalamus for treatment of refractory epilepsy."

Epilepsy Foundation: "What is a Seizure?"

Epilepsy Society: "Deep Brain Stimulation."

Mayo Clinic: "Deep brain stimulation: Overview," "Deep brain stimulation: Risks," "Epilepsy: Treatment."

Neurosurgical Focus: "Deep brain stimulation targets for treatment of epilepsy."

NHS: "Epilepsy and deep brain stimulation."

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UpToDate: "Patient education: Seizures in adults (Beyond the Basics)."

Young Epilepsy: "Deep Brain Stimulation."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on April 08, 2019

SOURCES:

Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery : "Clinical efficacy of deep brain stimulation for the treatment of medically refractory epilepsy."

Epilepsia : "Electrical stimulation of the anterior nucleus of thalamus for treatment of refractory epilepsy."

Epilepsy Foundation: "What is a Seizure?"

Epilepsy Society: "Deep Brain Stimulation."

Mayo Clinic: "Deep brain stimulation: Overview," "Deep brain stimulation: Risks," "Epilepsy: Treatment."

Neurosurgical Focus: "Deep brain stimulation targets for treatment of epilepsy."

NHS: "Epilepsy and deep brain stimulation."

University of Pittsburgh: "Deep Brain Stimulation for Movement Disorders."

UpToDate: "Patient education: Seizures in adults (Beyond the Basics)."

Young Epilepsy: "Deep Brain Stimulation."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on April 08, 2019

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