About Deep Brain Stimulation Treatment
Some patients with Parkinson's disease benefit from a surgical treatment known as Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS). However, the treatment is not for everyone. Your symptoms, past response to medication, your age, and your ability to come to the hospital for frequent follow-up visits, are some of the factors that you and your doctor will consider before deciding if you might benefit from this procedure. There are options that the neurology and neurosurgery team may choose to target for DBS for Parkinson’s disease; the Subthalamic Nucleus (STN-DBS) and the Globus Pallidus pars interna (GPi-DBS). The neurology and neurosurgery team will decide whether STN or GPi-DBS is right for you depending on your needs. This sheet answers some of the most common questions about STN and GPi-DBS. After reading the information, talk with your doctor. Together, you will decide if this treatment may be right for you.