What is Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)?

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.

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)

Severe
3
Moderate
14
Mild
27
None
47

Commonly reported side effects, conditions, and hospitalizations associated with Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)

Hospitalization
Patients
88
Patients
7
Patients
6
Patients
4
Patients
4
Patients
4

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Dosages

Why Patients Stopped Using (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason
Not indicated
Patients
88
Reason
Did not seem to work
Patients
3
Reason
Other
Patients
3
Reason
Side effects too severe
Patients
2
Reason
Doctor's advice
Patients
2
Reason
Course of treatment ended
Patients
1
Reason
Expense
Patients
1
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Duration

How Long Current Patients Have Been Using Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)
Duration
Patients
Duration
0-1 month
Patients
0
Duration
1-3 months
Patients
1
Duration
3-6 months
Patients
1
Duration
6 months-1 year
Patients
4
Duration
1-2 years
Patients
13
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
36
How Long Patients Used Before Stopping
Duration
Patients
Duration
0-1 month
Patients
0
Duration
1-3 months
Patients
1
Duration
3-6 months
Patients
0
Duration
6 months-1 year
Patients
5
Duration
1-2 years
Patients
2
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
2

Adherence


Always
Patients
80
88%
Usually
Patients
5
5%
Sometimes
Patients
2
2%
Never
Patients
4
4%

Burden


Very
Patients
4
4%
Somewhat
Patients
14
15%
A little
Patients
14
15%
Not at all
Patients
59
65%

Cost per month


Cost per month
$200+
Patients
44
94%
Cost per month
$100-199
Patients
11
23%
Cost per month
$50-99
Patients
0
0%
Cost per month
$25-49
Patients
0
0%
Cost per month
< $25
Patients
3
6%
Cost per month
Not specified
Patients
33
70%
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20 patient evaluations for Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)

ozzieartist
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ozzieartist
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
On
Mouth/throat: moderate
Arms: moderate
Chest: mild
Legs: moderate
I am: g
I have:
Parkinson's

See ozzieartist's full Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) history

Feb 25, 2014 (Started Dec 01, 2013)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Parkinson's Disease: Moderate
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 1 other Every Other Week
Advice & Tips: Ii ask my self the question "if you needed dbs as you know it , would you take it again" answer = yes
Cost: $100-199 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
stickyfingers
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stickyfingers
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
On
Mouth/throat: none
Arms: none
Chest: none
Legs: none
I am: vg
I have:
Parkinson's

See stickyfingers's full Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) history

Sep 27, 2013 (Started Aug 26, 2013)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Parkinson's Disease: Moderate
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 1 other Daily
Advice & Tips: Still balancing meds. I have about 3 hrs on time and 3 hrs off presently when meds wear off.
Cost: Not specified monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
Shakin
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Shakin
Sex: M
Data Quality: 1 star
On
Mouth/throat: mild
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: mild
I am: vg
I have:
Parkinson's

See Shakin's full Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) history

Oct 27, 2012 (Started May 10, 2011)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Parkinson's Disease: Major
  • Side Effects: Moderate
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: One time
Advice & Tips: DO IT!!! Find an excellent Movement Disorder Specialist go through all the evaluation process and get the implants. It will change your life. Very little and mostly no shaking any more. I am completely off the medications (I insisted). I can now sleep again (that is the best benefit) although my body is still trying to catch up for all the nights that I only got 2~3 hours sleep.

  • 3 helpful marks
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