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.

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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