Deep brain stimulation may help relieve many movement disorders
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) involves implanting electrodes in the brain to send out continuous electrical impulses to control involuntary shaking. These impulses help cancel out other signals from parts of the brain causing tremor.
Deep brain stimulation treatment may be offered if medications have not effectively relieved symptoms. When successful, patients typically find immediate relief from tremors once the procedure is complete.
Conditions treated with deep brain stimulation
DBS is an innovative treatment for:
- Essential tremor
- Parkinson’s disease
- Other disorders that may cause involuntary tremors or shaking
What to expect during a deep brain stimulation procedure
To implant the equipment necessary for deep brain stimulation, skilled neurosurgeons on the Baylor Scott & White Health medical staff use advanced brain mapping imaging technology to determine the best places in the brain to insert electrodes. The electrodes are then inserted into the brain through small holes in the skull. Patients may be awake or under general anesthesia during the procedure.
Wires from the electrodes run underneath the skin and are connected to a battery pack, which is inserted underneath the skin in the chest.