Is deep brain stimulation for dystonia covered by insurance?

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) for dystonia received a special category of approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), called a “Humanitarian Device Exemption." In most cases, insurers cover the procedure. Some insurers may initially deny coverage but approve after an appeal. DBS for dystonia is covered by Medicare and Medicaid.

Continue Learning about 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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