Medical Video: Surgery for Deep Brain Stimulation
Deep brain stimulation
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) uses a device called a “neurostimulator” to deliver electrical signals to the areas of the brain that control movement, pain, mood, weight, and awakening.
The DBS system consists of three parts:
- A thin, insulated wire called a lead, or electrode that is placed into the brain
- The neurostimulator, which puts out the electric current. The stimulator is similar to a heart pacemaker. It is usually placed under the skin near the collarbone, but may be placed elsewhere in the body
- Another thin, insulated wire called an extension that connects the lead to the neurostimulator.
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- a totally implanted brain stimulator intended to suppress symptoms associated with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) that are not adequately controlled with medications and/or other therapies.
The following video presents deep brain stimulation surgery on a woman who has a tremor that affects her hands by St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, New York City, NY
DBS is commonly done for persons with Parkinson disease when the symptoms cannot be controlled by medicines. DBS does not cure Parkinson disease, but can help reduce symptoms such as:
- Slow movements
- Walking problems
Deep brain stimulation may also be used to treat the following conditions:
- Arm tremors related to multiple sclerosis
- Major depression that does not respond well to medicines
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Pain that does not go away (chronic pain)
- Severe obesity
- Shaking movement that cannot be controlled and the cause is unknown (essential tremor)
- Tourette syndrome (in rare cases)
- Uncontrolled or slow movement (dystonia)
Read more from NIH >>
Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery on a Man with Tremor Presented by Northwestern School of Medicine