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 as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 2
Moderate 17
Mild 40
None 49

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

Side effect Patients
Speech problems 7
Weight gain 7
Balance problems 6
Dyskinesia 6
Depressed mood 4
Headaches 4

Show all 77 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently using Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)

Dosage Patients
daily 58
one time 5
as needed 3
all the time (24/7) 2
1 other every other week 1
1 other daily 1
15minutes as needed 1
five times daily 1
monthly 1

Why patients stopped taking Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 4
Other 4
Doctor's advice 2
Side effects too severe 2
Course of treatment ended 1
Expense 1
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Duration

Currently using Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)

Duration Patients
3-6 months 1
6 months-1 year 4
1-2 years 9
2 years or more 66

Stopped using Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)

Duration Patients
0-1 month 86
1-3 months 1
6 months-1 year 5
1-2 years 2
2 years or more 4

Adherence


Always
Patients
95
88%
Usually
Patients
5
5%
Sometimes
Patients
2
2%
Never taken as prescribed
Patients
6
6%

Burden


Very hard to take
Patients
3
3%
Somewhat hard to take
Patients
15
14%
A little hard to take
Patients
17
16%
Not at all hard to take
Patients
73
68%

Cost per month


Cost per month
$200+
Patients
11
10%
Cost per month
$100-199
Patients
1
1%
Cost per month
$50-99
Patients
0
0%
Cost per month
$25-49
Patients
3
3%
Cost per month
< $25
Patients
41
38%
Cost per month
Not specified
Patients
52
48%
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24 patient evaluations for Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)

gk dayton oh
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gk dayton oh
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
On
Mouth/throat: moderate
Arms: mild
Chest: none
Legs: mild
I am: g
I have:
Parkinson's

See gk dayton oh's full Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) history

Mar 31, 2016 (Started Feb 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for On to off fluctuations worsening)
  • side effects
    Mild (Slurred speech)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily

Dec 15, 2015 (Started Feb 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for On to off fluctuations worsening)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: DBS is critical for me to live a more normal life!! When I have experienced my DBS being turned off, I can't hardly move, my face becomes a mask, I feel terrible, can't dress my self, etc.   If you have had PD for 4-5 years, I recommend that you definitely should check if you are a candidate for the procedure!!

  • 2 helpful marks
dspecht
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dspecht
Gender: M
Data Quality: 0 stars
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 0
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Moderate
58 M
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: b
I have:
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia)

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Nov 13, 2015 (Started Jul 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Essential Tremor)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: One time
Cost: $100-199 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
stickyfingers
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stickyfingers
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 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

Nov 8, 2015 (Started Aug 26, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 other Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 27, 2013 (Started Aug 26, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
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: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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