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How should I prepare for deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's disease?

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Find a center with doctors who are trained and skilled deep brain stimulation (DBS) for Parkinson’s. Know what you can realistically expect from the procedure. DBS realistic expectations for the outcome.

DBS is expensive, so check your insurance coverage. You'll need tests to check your memory, thinking, and mood. You also may need other tests like MRI and CT scans to help pinpoint which part of your brain to target.

Since you'll likely be awake during the brain procedure, it may be easier if you learn deep breathing or other ways to stay relaxed.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson's Disease Fact Sheet."

Okun, M. , National Parkinson's Foundation, 2017. Deep Brain Stimulation: Practical Guide for Patients and Families

Parkinson's Disease Foundation: "Surgical Treatments."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on August 01, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson's Disease Fact Sheet."

Okun, M. , National Parkinson's Foundation, 2017. Deep Brain Stimulation: Practical Guide for Patients and Families

Parkinson's Disease Foundation: "Surgical Treatments."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on August 01, 2017

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