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When should deep brain stimulation (DBS) be considered?

Specialists generally agree that implantation of a deep brain stimulation device should occur after the drugs being used begin to produce negative side effects, but before a patient begins to experience substantial decline in quality of life. The patient's ability to handle activities of daily living is one measure of quality of life.

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) can be helpful to reduce tremor, minimize the on and off fluctuations of medications, and reduce rigidity and slow movement. The procedure should also be considered in a person where the medications manage the symptoms well, but they are not tolerated due to their side effects.

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