Subthalamic Nucleus DBS (STN DBS)

Some patients with Parkinson's disease benefit from a surgical treatment called subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation, or STN 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. This sheet answers some of the most common questions about STN DBS. After reading the information, talk with your doctor. Together, you will decide if this treatment may be right for you.