Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery for Movement Disorders
Deep brain stimulation (DBS)is a surgical treatment in which a device called a neurostimulator delivers tiny electrical signals to the areas of the brain that control movement.
DBS may be a treatment option for people with severe Parkinson’s disease or other movement disorders, including essential tremor and dystonia, that cannot be controlled by medications. Patients typically turn to DBS after medications have failed, but studies are showing that DBS can have a positive impact on quality of life when used earlier rather than later.
DBS can also be used to relieve chronic pain and may help people with severe obsessive compulsive disorder and major depression that does not respond well to medications and other therapies.
DBS for Parkinson’s Disease
DBS is generally well tolerated and does not damage nerve cells like other surgical treatments for Parkinson’s disease. Many patients report significant improvement in their symptoms after having this treatment.
However, most patients still need to take medication, although at lower doses, which improves their quality of life. The surgery does not cure Parkinson’s disease, but can help reduce the severity of symptoms such as tremors, rigidity, stiffness and slow movements.
Advanced Technology for DBS
Intraoperative MRI (iMRI) technologyallows our neurosurgeons to view images of the neurostimulator electrodes—even when they are deep inside the brain—ensuring proper placement before closing the skull and ending the surgery. Viewing the results of DBS at a time when the neurosurgeon can go back and make adjustments if needed is a huge leap forward for this procedure.
Our surgeons also use the ClearPoint system which permits you to sleep under general anesthesia during your brain surgery. This way, you can avoid the stress of being awake during an hours-long procedure and continue your medication regimen in the days before surgery.
Spectrum Health Medical Group neurologist Ashok Sriram, MD, specializes in Parkinson's disease and movement disorders. Dr. Sriram works closely with Spectrum Health Medical Group neurosurgeon Hayden M.K. Boyce, MD, who specializes in deep brain stimulation treatment.
For an appointment or consultation, please call 616.267.7900.