Is deep brain stimulation a cure for Parkinson’s disease?

Fahd R. Khan, MD
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery is not a cure for Parkinson's disease. But in this video, neurosurgeon Fahd Khan, MD, of Good Samaritan Hospital explains how DBS can help treat Parkinson's symptoms such as tremors and rigidity. 

Unfortunately, deep brain stimulation is not a cure. It does improve many symptoms of Parkinson disease for many years -- up to 10 years in some patients. Symptoms of tremor, stiffness, and slowness are treated very well for many years, so that the patient has improvement in activities of daily living for many years after the procedure. However, the disease does continue to progress, and if the stimulator is turned off for some reason, the patient's symptoms will return. Also, cognition, speech, and balance tend to continue to deteriorate despite the DBS. We use medications, speech therapy, and physical therapy to improve those symptoms that are not significantly impacted by the DBS.

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