Deep Brain Stimulation (also called DBS) is an effective procedure for treating the many movement problems people with Parkinson’s disease have. During this procedure, a wire is implanted into the brain and connected to a device that is implanted near the collar bone. This device is very similar to a pace-maker. The patient is then given a small magnet. When patients have a tremor, patients take the magnet and put it over the device that is near the collar bone. Next, an electrical signal is sent from the device in the collar bone to the wire in the brain. The tremor then stops.
Additional resource that provide more information on Deep Brain Stimulation
- Surgical Treatments (Parkinson’s Disease Foundation)
- Deep Brain Stimulation (MedlinePlus)
- Deep Brain Stimulation (Johns Hopkins Medicine)
- Deep Brain Stimulation (American Association of Neurological Surgeons)
- Deep Brain Stimulation (National Parkinson Foundation)
- NINDS Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson’s Disease Information Page (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke)