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Deep brain stimulation (DBS)

A surgical treatment for symptoms of movement disorders

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a surgical procedure that is used to treat a variety of symptoms caused by Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor and other movement disorders.

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What it is

People who have movement disorders, including Parkinson’s disease or essential tremor, often have symptoms that can interfere with life. Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a surgical procedure that is used to treat a variety of symptoms, such as tremor, rigidity, stiffness, slowed movement, and walking problems, caused by these movement disorders.

In this procedure, electrodes connected to a thin wire are surgically placed in the brain. A battery is also implanted in your chest under the skin. Once these are in place, the wire from the brain runs under your skin to the battery. The electrodes are powered by the battery to produce electrical pulses that that regulate abnormal impulses in the brain. Each patient’s DBS system is programmed specifically to meet his or her individual needs.

Good for treating

DBS can treat symptoms of the following movement disorders:

  • Parkinson’s disease: tremor, slowness and stiffness
  • Essential tremor: tremor in the hands and arms and can be effective in treating head tremor
  • Dystonia: abnormal contractions in the body

Good to know

DBS is offered at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis and offers:

  • dedicated DBS staff
  • bilateral DBS surgery
  • post-surgery therapy services
  • support for patients and families
  • education

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