Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgery can significantly reduce or eliminate symptoms for certain conditions such as Parkinson's disease, essential tremor and dystonia.
During DBS surgery, the neurosurgeon places electrodes in a particular part of the brain.
The electrodes are connected by slender wires to a device called an internal pulse generator (IPG) which is implanted under the skin on the chest, similar to a pacemaker.
When the device is activated, a low-level electrical current is sent to the brain, which helps minimize or eliminate symptoms.
Usually, there is no pain with the placement of the electrodes, and no more than a one night hospital stay is required.
Candidates for surgery should ideally be under age 80, without dementia or any other serious medical problem, and no longer responding well to medications.
It's important that patients with Parkinson's once responded well to Parkinson's medications because that confirms their diagnosis and is a good indication that DBS will be effective.
Dr. Peter Nora and Kristen Crosley explain how deep brain stimulation works on New Day Northwest. Also hear from a patient about the impact deep brain stimulation had on his quality of life.
Dr. Peter Nora is a board certified neurosurgeon specializing in deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders.
He is a graduate of the Tulane University School of Medicine and completed his neurosurgery residency at Georgetown University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
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.
For more information about deep brain stimulation surgery, please call the Booth Gardner Parkinson's Care Center at 425.899.3123.