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What do I need to know about deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's disease?

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Deep brain stimulation (DBS) can treat symptoms of Parkinson's disease, like tremors, stiffness, and trouble walking. It also can ease the side effects from medications for Parkinson’s. DBS won’t cure the condition or keep it from worsening. But it may be an option if you've had the disease at least 5 years and don't get enough relief from medicine.

For some people, DBS is life-changing. For others, the results aren't as good. If it doesn't help you, your doctor can take the device out.

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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