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What happens after deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's disease?

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Deep brain stimulation requires surgery to place a battery-powered device in your chest. Afterward, you'll need to stay on your usual dose of Parkinson's medicine. Your device can't be programmed until the swelling in your brain goes down, which takes 2-4 weeks, and you have the pulse generator.

It also can take several months to get the programming right. Once you do, your symptoms could get better, and you may need less medicine.

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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