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
17
Mild
37
None
50

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

Hospitalization
Patients
109
Patients
7
Patients
6
Patients
4
Patients
4
Patients
4

Show all 71 reported side effects

Dosages

Why Patients Stopped Using (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason
Not indicated
Patients
91
Reason
Did not seem to work
Patients
4
Reason
Other
Patients
4
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
0
Duration
3-6 months
Patients
2
Duration
6 months-1 year
Patients
6
Duration
1-2 years
Patients
11
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
60
How Long Patients Used Before Stopping
Duration
Patients
Duration
0-1 month
Patients
1
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
4

Adherence


Always
Patients
93
87%
Usually
Patients
5
5%
Sometimes
Patients
2
2%
Never taken as prescribed
Patients
7
7%

Burden


Very hard to take
Patients
4
4%
Somewhat hard to take
Patients
15
14%
A little hard to take
Patients
17
16%
Not at all hard to take
Patients
71
66%

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
38
36%
Cost per month
Not specified
Patients
54
50%
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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

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!!

  • 0 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: g
I have:
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia)

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

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
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

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