What is Deep Brain Stimulation?
DBS is a 3-step surgical procedure that implants electrodes inside a person’s brain while the patient is “awake” (sedated but arousable). The electrodes are placed in a region of the brain much smaller than the size of a pea and are connected to a stimulator power pack in the patient’s chest. This stimulator pack is activated/adjusted via remote control to disrupt brain signals that cause the tremors and rigidity commonly seen with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and Essential Tremor (ET) disorders. This procedure can make a HUGE difference in the quality of people’s lives who have been rendered incapable of performing the simplest of daily activities due to the severity of their tremors.
The Medical Center of Aurora has one of three neurosurgeons in the Denver Metro area who are trained to do DBS procedures.
Current research is being done to expand the use of DBS to potentially treat other disorders including depression and obsessive-compulsive disorders.