Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson's Disease

The Booth Gardner Parkinson's Care Center offers Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgery and follow-up programming to treat Parkinson's symptoms.

DBS uses a surgically implanted medical device called a neurostimulator - about the size of a stopwatch - to deliver electrical stimulation to targeted areas in the brain that control movement. These impulses block the abnormal nerve signals that cause tremor and Parkinson's symptoms.

This can help reduce the symptoms of tremor, slowness of movement, stiffness and walking problems caused by Parkinson's disease, dystonia and essential tremor. 

Who is a good candidate for DBS?

  • You have had PD symptoms for at least five years.
  • You have “on/off fluctuations, with or without dyskinesia.
  • You continue to have a good response to PD medications, especially carbidopa/levodopa, although the duration of response may be insufficient.
  • You have tried different combinations of levodopa/carbidopa and dopamine agonists under the supervision of a movement disorders neurologist.
  • You have tried other PD medications, such as entacapone, tolcapone, selegiline or amantadine without beneficial results.
  • You have PD symptoms that interfere with daily activities.

Hear from our Experts


Dr. Peter Nora and ARNP Kristen Crosley explain how deep brain stimulation works. The video includes an interview with a patient about the impact deep brain stimulation has on his quality of life.


Interviewed by Q13 News, Dr. Peter Nora explains how deep brain stimulation helps improve the quality of life for people in the later states of Parkinson's disease.

Meet our Deep Brain Stimulation Team

Peter Nora, MD

Dr. Peter Nora is a neurosurgeon specializing in cranial and spine disorders including tumors, brain disorders and deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's and other movement disorders.   Read Dr. Nora's full profile  

Board Certified:  Neurosurgery

Blog:  Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson's Disease

Interview:  Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson's Disease

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Kristen Crosley, ARNP

Kristen Crosley is an advanced nurse practitioner for Dr. Peter Nora, and is experienced in the management of patients with neurological conditions. She has coordinated the pre and post-operative clinical procedures, including DBS device programming for the treatment of Parkinson Disease, Essential Tremor and Dystonia for over 300 patients in the last four years. Read Kristen Crosley's full profile    

Interview:  Deep Brain Stimulation

Request an appointment 425.899.5590.

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For more Information

For more information about deep brain stimulation surgery, please call the Booth Gardner Parkinson's Care Center at 425.899.3123.