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How Deep Brain Stimulation Can Help Parkinson’s Symptoms

October 26, 2017

For those patients with Parkinson’s disease where the symptoms can’t be controlled with medication, they may be a candidate for a surgical procedure known as Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS).

Neurosurgeon Dr. Patrick Senatus is the medical director of DBS clinic at Hartford HealthCare’s Ayer Neuroscience Institute.

Q: How does DBS work for Parkinson’s patients?

A: It’s designed to increase the functionality and reduce abnormal movements, like tremor or rigidity. It can be a life-changing procedure for patients.

Q: How is DBS performed?

A: DBS is performed in two stages. The first stage is the precise implantation of deep brain leads, or electrodes. The second stage is the implantation of a deep-brain pacemaker.

Q: How long do the effects last?

A: The upper lengths of the time that DBS can be effective hasn’t been determined. It can potentially last indefinitely.

Q: What is the recovery time for someone having this procedure? 

A: Stage one is an overnight stay in the hospital. Stage two, or placement of the implantable pulse generator or deep brain stimulator, is an outpatient procedure.

For more information, call 1.855.HHC.HERE (1.855.442.4373).