What is Deep Brain Stimulation?

Category: Equipment

Most popular types: Subthalamic Nucleus Deep Brain Stimulation Pallidal Deep Brain Stimulation Thalamic Deep Brain Stimulation

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Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a neurosurgical treatment which stimulates the brain with mild electrical signals. DBS is used to treat tremor and other motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. DBS has been applied to the thalamus, subthalamic nucleus and the pallidum areas of the brain.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Parkinson's disease 1589 209
Jerky movements 33 15
Stiffness/spasticity 31 13
Tremor(s) 12 14
Dystonia 9 4
Essential tremor 5 3

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 8
Moderate 35
Mild 81
None 108

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Deep Brain Stimulation

Side effect Patients Percentage
Balance problems 14
Speech problems 10
Weight gain 8
Jerky movements 7
Headaches 5
Soft voice 5

Show all 84 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently using Deep Brain Stimulation

Dosage Patients Percentage
daily 23
as needed 2
all the time (24/7) 1
five times daily 1
m,w,f 1
one time 1

Why patients stopped taking Deep Brain Stimulation

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Other 7
Did not seem to work 3
Doctor's advice 2
Side effects too severe 2
Course of treatment ended 1
Expense 1
See all 120 patients who've stopped using Deep Brain Stimulation

Duration

Currently using Deep Brain Stimulation

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 6
5 - 10 years 13
10 years or more 8

Stopped using Deep Brain Stimulation

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 88
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 21
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 210
Usually 8
Sometimes 5
Never taken as prescribed 9
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 6
Somewhat hard to take 22
A little hard to take 45
Not at all hard to take 159
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 26
$100-199 2
$50-99 0
$25-49 5
< $25 77
Not specified 122

What people switch to and from

Patients started using Deep Brain Stimulation after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Carbidopa-Levodopa (Sinemet) 3
Entacapone (Comtan) 2
Carbidopa-Entacapone-Levodopa (Stalevo) 1
Rasagiline (Azilect) 1
Ropinirole (Requip) 1

Show all 6 treatments patients report switching from

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31 patient evaluations for Deep Brain Stimulation

Jul 6, 2020 (Started Feb 25, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fear of embarrassment)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: All the time (24/7)

Jun 16, 2009 (Started Feb 25, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: All the time (24/7)
Advice & Tips: Just go for it. you've got to be desperate to let a surgeon drill holes in your head and i was. I've had 10 years of quality life.

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 24, 2020 (Started Feb 22, 2019)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    Mild (stutter step, soft voice, weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: Boston-Scientific (current-controlled) is best DBS manufacturer, Soft voice is a minor problem. Stutter steps happen when I have not set current high enough.
Cost: $200+ monthly

Jan 22, 2020 (Started Feb 22, 2019)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    Mild (stutter step, soft voice, weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: Complete cessation of tremour; no more dyskinesia, no bradykinesia; WOW!!
Cost: $200+ monthly

Oct 28, 2019 (Started Feb 22, 2019)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: If you are in good physical and mental condition, insist on vanning DBS. For me, it has turned the clock back years! Up front cost was $120,000 US.
Cost: $200+ monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jun 12, 2018 (Started Apr 10, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: My mood improved with my confidence and improved abilities
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: depressed mood

Feb 18, 2009 (Started Apr 10, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: depressed mood

Jan 11, 2009 (Started Apr 10, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: ask lots of questions and do lots of research before the procedure and know your doctors,make sure they know you well
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: depressed mood

Nov 9, 2008 (Started Apr 10, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    Mild (depressed mood)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: Huge mobility improvements and overall increased self sufficiency
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: depressed mood

  • 1 helpful mark
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