How do I select a medical center that offers deep brain stimulation?

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Deep brain stimulation for dystonia is a highly specialized procedure that should be performed by a multidisciplinary team with extensive training and experience. Each medical center that offers DBS will have its own methods and procedures. The first step in the evaluation process for DBS is to meet with a DBS-trained movement disorders neurologist. The Dystonia Medical Research Foundation can help you locate centers in your region.

To select a medical center that offers deep brain stimulation it would be best to talk with your neurologist. In general, a center that has a neurosurgical department tied to a university that does research and has specialists in deep brain stimulation, would be ideal since they are likely to have the most experience with this procedure. This may mean traveling to a large city.

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Dystonia

When your muscles contract involuntarily, the condition is called dystonia. Dystonia causes a twisting or clenching of whatever body part is affected. For example, when you have a stroke, the affected arm and hand may be clenched ...

and held in a strange position. Dystonia can be very mild or very severe. It can make your life very difficult and this can lead to frustration, depression or anxiety. See your doctor to treat your symptoms and talk over your frustrations.
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