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What long-term maintenance is involved in deep brain stimulation?

Having deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a life-long commitment that requires ongoing management. Maintenance may include battery changes (which consist of outpatient surgery) and ongoing programming adjustments. Hardware problems may occur. Rarely, individuals develop new movement disorder symptoms associated with the stimulation. Individuals with DBS must be mindful of situations that can interfere with the functioning of the DBS hardware. One example is exposure to magnetic fields, which includes certain medical MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) equipment. There may be restrictions in terms of certain activities, such as extreme or contact sports, that could damage the implanted hardware.

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